Thursday, January 15, 2009

Happy Ending? Potential Buyer for Republic Windows and Doors

The New York Times reports that Serious Materials, a California company, might purchase Republic Windows and Doors and keep its workers employed. The owners of Republic Windows purchased an Iowa company that engages in the same line of business. The owners also admitted moving to Iowa so that they could continue operating at a cheaper cost. It is unclear how much of the Chicago-related work was transferred to Iowa. But if the deal works, this could help the workers tremendously.

I have analyzed many of the issues presented in this case both during and after the workers' sit-in. Recently, the workers filed a claim against the company with the National Labor Relations Board, asserting several labor law violations. This transaction would undoubtedly include some type of settlement of the workers' grievances. Interestingly, the struggle to find permanent work or assistance for the workers has not generated extensive media coverage or commentary from progressives. Well, if you read the blog, you know what I think about them.

Related Readings on Dissenting Justice:

MADE IN IOWA: Did Company in Chicago Sit-In Illegally Discard Its Workers and Quietly Relocate While Liberals Forced BOA to Pay for the Shady Scheme?

Republic Windows and Doors Received a Bailout from Chicago Before It Bailed Out of Chicago

Laid-Off Republic Windows and Doors Workers: Pawns in Political Football

"Scratching and Surviving" Less Newsworthy Than Politicians at Labor Protests: Scant Media Coverage of Republic Windows Workers After Sit-In

Factory Closes in Chicago; Workers Invoke Bailout During Protest

What (I Think) Progressives Should Have Done for Workers of Republic Windows and Doors

New Chapter for Republic Windows: Bankruptcy

Workers of Republic Windows and Doors Finally Pursue the Culpable Party: Their Employer

1 comment:

FLRN said...

The whole sorry management mess that is Republic Windows and Doors is quite a contrast to the grace and transparency exhibited by Circuit City on the national stage Look here to see how it should be done - as Circuit City ~ the Electronic Retail Giant ~closes their doors across the US after 60 years of business. I like how they begin by thanking their customers and staff, and then - well you know Darren - outlining to the world how they plan to follow the law with regards to employee notification and the liquidation process. Makes me want to go buy something just one last time!

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