Worker takeover of factory in Chicago

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Sun, 12/07/2008 - 12:00am
Worker takeover of factory in Chicago

In Chicago, a group of two hundred fifty workers have taken over a factory, after the Bosses announced that they were shutting the plant down.

The management of Republic Windows & Doors factory gave workers only three days notice that they would all be fired, and the plant would be closed.

The workers decided to employ a tactic made popular during the Great Depression, by occupying the factory for the last three days.

KBOO's Jenka Soderberg spoke with Nelson Lichtenstein, a professor of History at the University of California who has written extensively on the history of organized labor in the US.

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