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What makes these workers so special?

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You know I don’t like seeing all these job losses, and lay offs but can someone tell me what on earth makes these workers in Chicago any more important than say a company laying employees off in Lancaster, PA?

Before anyone asks, yes I still have my job, and you can say that it is easy to be on the inside looking out, but I’ve been in the position before.

The ONLY reason we are allowing these individuals to have this sit-in rather then put them in jail cells, is because of their former senator who is now our President -Elect Barack Obama.  Anyone who wants to try and dispute that is more then welcome but you need to wake up and look around the rest of the country.  I mean these are 200-300 laidoff workers of the 500,000 or more that have been laid off in recent weeks.

Then everyone wants to blame the Bank of America.  Well I’m sorry but if they are loaning money to a company and then that company has a drop in business, which will result in less money coming in to repay the loans what is the bank suppose to do?  No matter how much money the bank loans a company, if that company is losing business because of economic times hurting their customers, then that is the way business works.

God Bless,
The Truth Tracker
Jason R. Bootie

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  1. Yeh, Bank of America is the unlucky scapegoat. Instead, there should be more scrutiny of the company. After all, it is mismanagement of the company and declining sales which has caused this. And according to several reports, the company had originally planned to end manufacturing in Jan 2009. So even if they literally FORCE B of A to comply, the company branch WILL close. And these workers will STILL lose their jobs…

    Governer … clearly made this decision rashly, without knowing all of the facts first. I think he will have to recant, because (1) this sets a bad precedent, and (2) governments should not be meddling in business affairs in such a way.

    If this works, state and local governments all over the country are going to use their political muscle in such a way. This is very dangerous.


    December 9, 2008 at 8:37 AM

  2. I was a sales rep for republic window and I too was laid off. I do not think the company or B of A is to blame. Truth is the company is a victim of a severe downturn in the economy. The owner of Republic (since ’06) stands to lose more than any one employee. Though I feel bad for the folks in the factory, I wonder why the people at Sony (5,000 laid off) are not receiving such attention. When I was informed that I had lost my job, I simply thanked them and wished them well and got on with the job of finding new employment. I am tired of hearing about these people being modern day heroes. Frankly, I say get over it and start your job search. That is what I did.

    Craig L

    December 10, 2008 at 8:58 AM

    • Craig-

      Thanks for stopping by and giving us first hand information. I couldn’t agree with you more. What makes this company so special. I mean hey no matter how bad they feel they have it, things are ALWAYS WORSE some where else.
      My employment is in the housing industry, and we’ve had tons of layoffs, and the layoffs that came, the people were only given 2-3 days notice. But they didn’t throw a fit and kick and scream. Then again they didn’t have the backing of a UNION, which we all know in today’s world does more harm then good. What should be done is the company owners call the police and have them all put in jail.

      Oh and the Bank should call in ALL the LOANS in the state of ILL. Then we’ll see how fast these politicians decide to shut their traps and get out of business they DON’T BELONG IN!!

      Again thanks for stopping by and hope all is well. Sorry to hear about the job loss. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

      God Bless,


      December 10, 2008 at 11:00 AM

  3. TTT as I read it these workers had the law and their contract to support their demands. There are laws that protect these workers accrued vacation time and also to provide advance notification of plant close downs. They had an employment contract with the company too just as do most CEOs who find a way to always walk away with the gold.

    The CEOs get first dibs on everything including golden parachutes even when they run a company into the ground and when the shareholders lose. The CEOs are the captains of capitalism yet they demand iron clad no risk protection from shareholders so that they can screw up and still walk away happy.

    Unions are asking for much less in the way of job security and they are truly at risk from incompetent management as we’ve seen with many industries.

    The most outrageous thing here is the company went bankrupt and then opened up a new plant in IOWA probably using illegal immigrants. If you looked into it they probably got taxpayer economic development money too. Yet they walked away from their debts in Illinois and these other banks. The employees should get first dibs on their obligations before the other debt holders.

    The sad thing is that average US middle class working folks are being manipulated into a dog eat dog mentality of tearing down the economic status of their peers, while the elite connive and work together to boost their wealth.


    December 13, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    • Yes you are right they bought a plant in IA. This is very suspicious and if any wrong doing has taken place then those parties should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. But are you okay with a bunch of hot winded politicians who are only getting involved to try and make sure they win over the union vote, putting their noses into private business where they DON’T belong?

      And Dave if the laws and their contract were on their side then good for them. But please don’t parade these folks around like hero’s for this sit-in. They could have gone able getting what they deserved through their Union Reps. Isn’t that what they pay part of their dues for? They could have gotten a newspaper and began looking for new jobs, while the union heads got them their just dues.

      And what are you getting at with your last statement? If you’re implying I’m sitting here trying to tear folks down, then please don’t return to my site. What I am doing is explaining that they are not the only one’s going through this tough situation and that there are better ways of getting what they want.

      God Bless,


      December 14, 2008 at 1:32 AM

  4. TTT….We should all be for average Americans getting ahead economically, because in the end that is what will make us great and a financially secure nation. But somehow average Americans have bought into the rush to the bottom mentality where we believe it is better for our own financial well being when we see wages and benefits cut for our peers.

    These employees of Republic could have put their tails between their legs and gone home and watched Dancing With the Stars, but instead they took action. They got what they had coming as the squeaky wheel gets lubed. More of us need to get involved and take action if only to write our Congressman.

    But at the very heart of our problems are the long term policies of our own government to work against US workers and industry to the primary benefit of the multi-national capitalists and other nations such as China, Japan, Korea, and those in Europe. We’ve allowed them to have not just free trade but almost one way trade to our huge consumer market. Our own government undercut the USA by not leveraging our buying power with demands on foreign trade partners to level the playing field and open their markets. 35 years of our ever increasing trade deficits are irrefutable proof of the failure of our own government to act.

    An example:

    To compound the squeeze on American workers they’ve permitted many millions of illegal immigrants to enter and stay in our country and push down wages for businesses that can’t be outsourced.

    BTW BoA has been boycotted by those adverse to illegal immigration because of their actions in providing loans and mortgages to illegal immigrants.
    Lou Dobbs had segment on it. Google BoA boycott if interested.


    December 14, 2008 at 10:38 AM

  5. I AM from the town in Iowa that has the company that the former Republic Windows bought. I also have a spouse that works there. I am proud to live here. It is a beautiful town of about 6,000 people. No, It’s not Chicago, but it’s not a little bump in the road either. I’ve read the posts on this subject, and there is one that thinks he has everything figured out, but does not have a clue!!! Do you realize, that one morning, the employees at our company went to work, were called into an emergency meeting, and were told, “By the way, this company was sold yesterday, and these are your new bosses.” How do you think the employees felt? The crack about all the employess being illegal immagrants, was a bunch of crap! You need to do your homework there buddy! And no, the workers in our town don’t make as much as workers in a big city, because our cost of living isn’t as high. We have every right to keep the jobs we have, and raise our families like everyone else. I feel really bad for everything that happened,and for all those employees. There is still a little nervousness, as there would be with ANY new company. All we can do is ride it out and see what happens.


    January 3, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    • Pat-

      Thanks for stopping by. I can’t even imagine how much of a shock that would have been.

      Yes some folks open their mouths without thinking, or just don’t care how their comments affect others.

      Best of luck with the new owners/bosses.

      God Bless,


      January 3, 2009 at 10:52 PM

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