Wired PR News.com – Employees at Chicago plant, Republic Windows and Doors, staged a sit-in after the factory closed to ensure receipt of severance and vacation pay. As reported by the Associated Press, the company made the decision to close after having financing canceled by Bank of America.
During the sit-in of approximately 200 laid-off workers, Bank of America announced on Tuesday that they would provide loans on a limited basis to the factory. However, protestors have been said to have plans to continue with their protests.
Bank of America received criticism after canceling Republic Windows and Doors financing because the bank recently received government bailout money in order to extend credit to purportedly help struggling businesses like the plant.
The workers were reportedly provided only three days notification of the factory shutting down. As noted in the AP report, the laid off employees are accusing the business of violating federal law by not providing them with 60 days notice of losing their jobs.
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