When I opened my e-mail this bright and beautiful morning, I got a surprise, a very pleasant one:
DC Jobs with Justice is hosting a community forum this Thursday on "Resistance and Recovery," featuring workers who staged and won a six-day sit-in strike at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago.
The forum will tell the story of how the action by United Electrical members, combined with nationwide support and mobilization, led to victory for workers, including benefits and a plan to reopen the plant. The workers will encourage others to resist corporate greed and call for an economic recovery that works for everyone, including collective bargaining, health care for all and investment for good green jobs. "We took this action because we really had no choice for our families," said Armando Robles, president of UE local 1110. "We won this struggle with popular support, but we are not stopping until we win good jobs for everyone across the country," added President Robles.
I'm hoping I can make it. I'd love to hear how they came to the realization that they had to stand up and stand together and how they actually were able to give each other support during those dark days on the floor.
The event will take place
Thursday, April 16th, 6:30-8:30pm
First Rising Mt. Zion Church in Northwest DC.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.974.8281. - report by Ruth Castel-Branco