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Republic Windows CEO Arrested for Crimes in Looting and Closing Plant

September 10, 2009

Richard Gillman, the former chief executive of Republic Windows and Doors, has been arrested and charged with numerous financial crimes related to last December’s plant closing, including looting the company and defrauding creditors.  The abrupt plant closing provoked a successful six-day plant occupation by members of UE Local 1110.

Gillman was charged with eight felony counts under Illinois law, including financial crime and conspiracy, money laundering, fraud insolvency, theft with intent to control more than $500,000, mail fraud and wire fraud.

Contract Extended, with Wage Increase, No Layoffs, as New Fairfield Schools Caught in Budget Squeeze

August 20, 2009

The school custodians, maintenance workers and groundskeepers in New Fairfield, Connecticut were prepared for some tough bargaining as 2009 approached. Their current contract was set to expire on June 30, and the town has a long history of making negotiations difficult.

UE Leaders Deliver Message to Congress: Wells Fargo is a Roadblock to Recovery!

July 30, 2009
Marie Lausch, president of Connecticut statewide UE Local 222 and a member of UE’s General Executive Board, and Bob South, president of UE Local 234, trustee of the national union, and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, on their way to deliver a stack of petitions more than two inches thick to both the House and Senate

Workers Arrested in Big Protest at Wells Fargo, As Quad City Workers Continue Fight for Jobs

July 10, 2009

A big group of UE Local 1174 members and supporters from other unions demonstrated at Wells Fargo’s Rock Island branch on Thursday, July 9. Nearly a dozen workers were arrested after they blocked a street to symbolize how Wells Fargo is a “roadblock to recovery.”

Workers are continuing their fight to keep Quad City Die Casting open and save 100 jobs. The plant is slated to close because Wells Fargo – recipient of $25 billion in the federal banking bailout – has cut off operating credit to the company.

UE Files Unfair Labor Practice Charges Against Quad City Die Casting; Wells Fargo Tells Company Not to Pay Benefits

July 7, 2009

UE Local 1174 filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board today because workers are being denied their benefits. The company informed employees that Wells Fargo, the bailed-out bank that had already cut off operating credit to the plant, would not approve the expenditure of owed vacation pay. In addition, the company now refuses to comply with a 2 percent wage increase due the employees under their legally-binding collective bargaining agreement or to pay a floating holiday, and has eliminated health insurance coverage.

In 20 Protests Across Country, UE Members Call Wells Fargo a "Roadblock to Economic Recovery"

June 23, 2009

UE members and allies today conducted protests across the country at 20 branch offices of banking giant Wells Fargo, from Boston to Los Angeles. Joined by members of other unions, Jobs with Justice and community organizations, members chanted, “You got bailed out, we got sold out!” and carried signs with that same message. The union charges that the bank, the recipient of a $25 billion bailout from taxpayers, is unfairly forcing the closure of a viable Illinois factory and has become a roadblock to economic recovery.

Worker Unity Overcomes Town Lawyer's Tricks In North Haven DPW Contract Negotiations

June 16, 2009

In November 2008, UE Local 222 Sub-local 58, the Department of Public Works employees’ union, finally reached a tentative agreement for a new contract replacing the one that had expired in June 2007. But in an attempt to bully the committee, the town’s attorney inserted new language into the final draft that had never been negotiated or discussed at the bargaining table.

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