Sit-down at Republic: Will it Give Labor New Legs?

Source: Roger Bybee, Dissent, Vol. 56 no. 3, Summer 2009
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When capital is so mobile and mobilized, you have to break out of the box,” advises longtime activist and scholar Frances Fox Piven. Breaking out of the box is precisely what a six-day sit-down strike by United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers Local 1110 did last December, producing a remarkable victory at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago. The sit-down resonated widely with the public, because it targeted Bank of America, a major bailout recipient, for its refusal to provide Republic with the funds needed to give the workers the payments due them.
See also:
Not Your Parents’ Labor Movement
Source: David Moberg, In These Times, Vol. 33 no. 8, August 2009
Why the Republic sit-in failed to inspire other worker actions.

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