Revolt on Goose Island: The Takeover of the Republic Doors and Windows Factory, and What It Says about the Economic Crisis

Revolt on Goose Island: The Takeover of the Republic Doors and Windows Factory, and What It Says about the Economic Crisis

by Kari Lydersen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1933633824

ISBN-13: 9781933633824

Pub. Date: 06/30/2009

Publisher: Melville House Publishing

Revised and updated, with a new afterword by the author

“There is much talk about ‘audacity’ these days, but true chutzpah is when the workers take over the factory and take on the bank. Kari Lydersen’s invaluable account of the Republic sit-down strike is an instruction manual for worker dignity.”
—Mike

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Revised and updated, with a new afterword by the author

“There is much talk about ‘audacity’ these days, but true chutzpah is when the workers take over the factory and take on the bank. Kari Lydersen’s invaluable account of the Republic sit-down strike is an instruction manual for worker dignity.”
—Mike Davis, author of Buda’s Wagon and City of Quartz

December 5, 2008: It wasn’t supposed to work like this. Days after getting a $45 billion bailout from the U.S. government, Bank of America shut down a line of credit that kept Chicago’s Republic Windows & Doors factory operating. The bosses, who knew what was coming, had been sneaking machinery out in the middle of the night. They closed the factory and sent the workers home.

Then something surprising happened: Republic’s workers occupied the factory and refused to leave.

Kari Lydersen, an award-winning reporter, tells the story of the factory takeover, elegantly transforming the workers’ story into a parable of labor activism for the twenty-first century, one that concludes with a surprising and little-reported victory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933633824
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Pages:
173
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.50(d)

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