"You got bailed out! We got sold out!"
A new chapter in labor history was written by about 260 Chicago workers – members of UE Local 1110 – at Republic Windows and Doors on Friday, December 5, 2008. Only three days earlier, they had been told their plant was closing and that they would be jobless by the weekend.
But instead of heading home to face a bleak holiday season, they did something truly amazing. For the next five days they occupied their plant. The worldwide reaction was simply stunning.
The occupation is prominently featured in 'Capitalism: A Love Story.' During the occupation, the story because a media sensation, with hordes of national and international news network cameras at the front door of the factory hoping to get a glimpse of the ongoing occupation inside, but the only camera crew that was allowed to join the workers inside the factory was Michael Moore's.