Armando Robles, president of UE Local 1110 and one of the leaders of the Republic Windows and Doors occupation, addresses the crowd outside the bankers' convention Oct. 27. (Fight Back! News/Jonathan Labe)
The following article and videos are from Fight Back! News and Labor Beat:
Chicago, IL – The American Bankers Association met here the week of Oct. 26, in luxury hotels, spending millions for their comfort. Outside, 2500 working people marched and chanted, “You got bailed out, we got sold out!”
Rosemary Williams, who fought eviction from her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was in the march and said, “We need a moratorium on foreclosures.” She spoke at a breakfast for Jobs With Justice to kick off the day of protest. Her message to anyone facing foreclosure is to fight. “If the bank comes for your home, don’t go quietly in the night. Get people together and fight back.”
Posted in Labor Movement, Political Economy
Tagged American Banking Association, Armando Robles, Bank of America, Class Struggle, economic crisis, Fight Back!, Labor Beat, Quad City Die Casting, Republic Windows and Doors, Rosemary Williams, UE 1110, video, Wells Fargo
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following resolution supporting the Quad City Die Casting workers. The resolution was passed by the July 11-12 National Convention of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
The 2009 SDS National Convention Stands in Solidarity with Quad City Die Casting Workers
The students and youth of SDS stand in solidarity with the union workers of UE Local 1174 in their fight to keep Quad City Die Casting open. We condemn the Wells Fargo bank for refusing to finance the factory in Moline, Illinois. This outrage comes after Wells Fargo received $25 billion dollars of taxpayer’s money in a bailout earlier this year. Wells Fargo is sitting on the money. So now a locally owned factory employing over a hundred workers is being forced to shut their doors. However, the union workers are fighting to save their jobs!
SDS is joining with the demand of the UE workers that Wells Fargo finance the company so they keep their jobs. Like the Republic Window and Door workers in Chicago this past December, it is unacceptable that a huge bank receives billions in bailout funds yet hangs the workers out to dry. Wells Fargo received $25 billion dollars from the recent bailout.
We are calling on all students and youth to hold protests at their local Wells Fargo banks and to express solidarity with the workers in Moline. Support the Quad City workers and their jobs! Pressure Wells Fargo to extend a line of credit to the Quad City Die Casting factory.
Further, we are asking students to go to the factory in Moline, Illinois and stand with the workers while they are fighting for their jobs.
Make the rich pay! Keep Quad City Die Casting open!
The following is from Fight Back! News:
by Chapin Gray
Murfreesboro, TN – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held its fourth annual national convention here, July 11 -12, bringing together around 100 students and youth activists from across the country.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Labor Movement, Students for a Democratic Society
Tagged Afghanistan, Alabama, Chapin Gray, Colombia, education, G20, Labor, Murfeesboro, Quad City Die Casting, Ryan Costello, sds, SDS National Conventions, Tennessee, Tuscaloosa, Wells Fargo
The following is from Fight Back! News Service:
Quad City Die Casting: Struggle catches fire as workers from around the country rally in support
By Fight Back! editors
The workers of Quad City Die Casting are on the frontlines in the battle against plant closures.
Quad City Die Casting is a tool and die factory in Moline Illinois, on the Illinois/Iowa border. Quad City had been a successful locally-owned factory, until the current economic crisis, making custom aluminum parts for farm equipment dealers and manufacturing. Even though business is down during the current crisis, this factory has been a source of steady work for Moline workers for generations. The factory has a loyal customer base that would continue to buy parts from the factory. With sufficient credit lines the factory could stay in business and the 100 workers could stay on the job during this crisis. Instead, Wells Fargo Bank, which got 25 billion dollars in bailout money, has cut off credit to the factory and without a new development, Quad City Die Casting will close this summer.