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Baltimore Protest in Solidarity with Sit-In Workers

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On Wed., Dec. 10, 2008, a demonstration at the Bank of America (BOA) was held in downtown Baltimore, MD. It was led by activists from the All Peoples Congress, among other groups, [including the Baltimore IWW, the International Socialist Organization, and members of the newly formed Baltimore Economic Crisis Response Network -ed] . The purpose of the protest was to show solidarity with the 200 Sit-In Republic Windows and Door Workers of Chicago, Il, whose plant has been shut down. The BOA canceled the companys financing. Its action left the workers without any severance and vacation pay. Critics are insisting that the BOA should use some of the billions of dollars it received in a recent federal-taxpayers-funded bailout to help the workers. The BOA, in turn, blames the company for this situation. For background, see:;

For continuing updates on the situation at Republic, see
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At the heart of this problem is the out sourcing of U.S. jobs, via so called Free Trade agreements, which have been endorsed by Conservatives, like Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah); and Liberals, such as Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). It is time to renegotiate NAFTA and for the Labor Movement to lead that charge. Check out: and . Activists underscored their demand that the federal government bailout workers and not the
Wall Street bankers and to stop the plant closings. Source: .
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