Category: Unions

Justice Follows Direct Action: Former Boss of Occupied Factory Jailed

Justice Follows Direct Action: Former Boss of Occupied Factory Jailed

By Benjamin Dangl September 14, 2009 Richard Gillman, the former CEO of Chicago’s Republic Windows and Doors factory where over 200 workers organized a victorious sit-in last year, has been sent to jail on eight charges including felony, theft, fraud, and money laundering. After the judge announced the $10 million bail, the shocked and dazed Gillman,…

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Lessons From Latin America

Lessons From Latin America

by Benjamin Dangl – The Nation Published in March 23 Print Issue of The Nation Rain poured down in La Paz, Bolivia, the day Barack Obama gave his inauguration speech. But the weather didn’t stop thousands of Bolivians from marching in the streets in support of a new constitution, a document set to grant unprecedented…

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Firing The Boss: An Interview with Chicago Factory Occupation Organizer

Firing The Boss: An Interview with Chicago Factory Occupation Organizer

By Benjamin Dangl Thursday, 15 January 2009 On December 5, 2008 over 200 recently-fired workers at the Republic Window and Doors factory in Chicago occupied their plant, demanding that they be paid their vacation and severance checks. The occupation ended victoriously six days later when the Bank of America and other lenders to Republic agreed…

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Finding Common Ground in Crisis: Social Movements in South America and the US

Finding Common Ground in Crisis: Social Movements in South America and the US

By Benjamin Dangl Thursday, 18 December 2008 People in the US seeking ways to confront the economic crisis could follow the lead of South American social movements. From Argentina to Venezuela, many movements have won victories against the same systems of corporate greed and political corruption that produce economic strife across the hemisphere. These movements…

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Workers Occupy Chicago Factory: Echoes of Argentina’s 2001 Worker Uprising

Workers Occupy Chicago Factory: Echoes of Argentina’s 2001 Worker Uprising

By Benjamin Dangl Monday, 08 December 2008 When the 250 workers at the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago were told that the plant was shutting down, they decided to take matters into their own hands. On Friday, December 5, the workers occupied their factory in an act that echoes the sit-down strikes of the…

An Interview with Celia Martinez of the Worker-Controlled Brukman Textile Factory in Buenos Aires

An Interview with Celia Martinez of the Worker-Controlled Brukman Textile Factory in Buenos Aires

Conducted by Benjamin Dangl 8/29/05 printer-friendly version One day before Argentina’s economic crash on December 19, 2001, fifty-two workers from the Brukman Textile Factory, the majority of them women, refused to continue working until their bosses handed over their back-wages. Plagued by debt and gradual bankruptcy, the owners hadn’t paid the workers their weekly pay…

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Worker Unions in Iraq: An Interview with Amjad Aljawhary

Worker Unions in Iraq: An Interview with Amjad Aljawhary

Written by Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 23 August 2005 Amjad Aljawhary is the North American Representative of The Federation of Worker Councils and Unions in Iraq. In this interview he discusses his union’s main objectives, the US government’s response to union organizing in Iraq, how the money for reconstruction is being spent, public opinion in Iraq…

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The Housewives’ Union in Venezuela

The Housewives’ Union in Venezuela

by Benjamin Dangl 4/26/05 Under the leadership of President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan government has redistributed the nation’s oil riches to finance free education, health care, land reform, vocational classes and media projects, all of which have largely benefited Venezuela’s poorest communities. In addition to these government initiatives, many Venezuelan citizens have taken it upon…

Member of Worker-Run Factory in Argentina Was Kidnapped, Tortured

Member of Worker-Run Factory in Argentina Was Kidnapped, Tortured

by Benjamin Dangl 3/24/05 Zanon ceramics factory, one of the most prominent of the recuperated, worker-run factories in Argentina, was taken over by workers in 2001 and since then has been economically successful as a cooperative. However, as a major symbol of Argentina’s recuperated factory movement, (over 200 such cooperatives exist in the country), it…

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