Jesse Jackson to meet with Republic Windows workers

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is scheduled to meet today with employees of Republic Windows and Doors to show his support for the workers, who lost their jobs with only three days notice.

Jackson, the longtime civil rights activists, is scheduled to meet with the workers at 10:30 a.m. at the plant headquarters at 1333 N. Hickory Ave., on Goose Island.

Employees of Republic Windows and Doors, members of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union are peacefully occupying the company's headquarters and manufacturing facility in an effort to assure they'll get severance and vacation pay to which they are entitled to by federal and state law.

Company officials have said they were forced to close because the Bank of America will not honor its $5 million credit line. Workers are insisting on a settlement that will free up money for their pay before any assets are removed from the plant.

Union leaders say Jackson will discuss his efforts to work with Bank of America to reinstate the company's line of credit and save the approximately 300 jobs the company provides. Workers have been occupying the plant since Friday morning and have vowed to continue their occupation of the plant until a resolution is reached.

A meeting of the parties has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday.

Saturday, about 120 people attended a vigil at the plant in support of the workers, said union member Abraham Mwaura.