Thursday, December 11th – Lansing, Michigan
On Wednesday, December 10th members of Solidarity & Defense, The NorthStar Center and other concerned community members gathered outside the Bank of America in the heart of downtown Lansing, Michigan. They came together in solidarity with the factory occupation being carried out by UE Workers in Chicago.
The workers’ occupation of the Republic Windows & Doors Factory began after Republic announced it would close its doors due to its Credit Line being cut. The decision to cut Republic’s credit line was made by Bank of America, and as a result, the company lacked the funds to pay the severance packages or sick time rightfully due to the workers. This is the same Bank of America that is receiving money from the latest Federal Bailout plan.
In Lansing, the picketers joined others across the country in demanding that Bank of America extend the line of credit needed to pay these workers what they are owed. They handed out flyers about the occupation taking place in Chicago and talked to passersby on the street. The picketers urged the local bank branch to contact corporate headquarters with their message of support for the UE Workers. The picket ended with those present planning continued support of the UE Local 1110, the workers and their occupation of Republic Windows & Doors.