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Worker Standoff

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/12/08/chicago.labor.protest/index.html

Workers said Republic officials told them that Bank of America had cut off credit to the company. Workers were given three days' notice that they were losing their jobs, but federal law requires either 60 days' notice or 60 days' pay for the laid-off workers. They are protesting, in part, over vacation and severance pay they say they are owed.

What is this federal law that requires 60 day notice or wages? Never heard of this before...

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WARN act

WARN requires employers who are planning a plant closing or a mass layoff to give affected employees at least 60 days' notice of such an employment action.

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Thanks... nice, uh... user name.

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the WARN act only applies to plants that employ 100 or more employees. Small companies are generally exempt from many federal regulations such as this and maternity leave requirements.

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the WARN act only applies to plants that employ 100 or more employees. Small companies are generally exempt from many federal regulations such as this and maternity leave requirements.

About 200 workers from the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America have conducted what they call a "peaceful occupation" of the Republic Windows and Doors plant since Friday, when the abruptly announced layoffs were supposed to take effect.

Appears they meet the requirement. Of course, if they have no money, then there isn't much they can do.

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BTW, the governor of Illinois ordered all state offices to stop doing business with Bank of America. I guess he did this right before the FBI picked him up for corruption.

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BTW, the governor of Illinois ordered all state offices to stop doing business with Bank of America. I guess he did this right before the FBI picked him up for corruption.

I guess BoA didn't pay him off quickly enough...

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BoA ended up extending a line of credit to the company. Ridiculous considering this company is going under and they will likely never get that money back. I guess that money was worth less than the contracts with the state government.

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