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Protests? Yes. Riots? No.

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We don't want riots. But we could certainly use more protest -- the kind of non-violent civil disobedience that propelled the women's suffrage, labor, civil rights, and environmental movements throughout the 20th century.

San Francisco Mime Troupe's Latest: "Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If you are a member of a union (especially if you're an officer or hold other clout with your union), urge them to extend an invitation to the San Francisco Mime Troupe to perform POSIBILIDAD, or Death of the Worker.

What the Iconic Labor Battle at Hugo Boss Means for Our Economic Future

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Not only is the whole company profitable, there is every indication that the Cleveland plant is profitable as well. So why is Hugo Boss shuttering its Cleveland operation and sending 400 American workers onto unemployment lines?

Bombing Capitalism

Esther Iverem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Esther Iverem

On a throwback vibe, you could say that Capitalism: A Love Story is the bomb. By exploring the economic system of capitalism as an evil, Moore fires a salvo into the heart of America's social machine.

Is the Opposite of Capitalism Democracy? A Review of Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anis Shivani

Moore explicitly states that we ought to turn to democracy as the alternative to capitalism. But the opposite of capitalism is not democracy, it is socialism.

Will Michael Moore's Capitalism Be A Game Changer?

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Beau Friedlander

Every time I see a new Michael Moore movie, America looks a little different to me. I feel an odd mixture of hopefulness, anger, and spiritual fatigue.

Richard Gillman, Republic Windows CEO, Held On $10M Bail In Financial Crimes Investigation

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A judge has set bond at $10 million for the former CEO of a Chicago factory where workers staged a high-profile sit-in last year. Ric...

Republic Windows Official In Custody For 'Hijacking Assets'

Chicago Tribune | Annie Sweeney and Matthew Walberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

One official of Republic Windows and Doors, the Chicago company that abruptly shut down last year without paying severance and vacation pay to employe...

Republic Windows Broke Federal Labor Law

Chi-Town Daily News | FERNANDO DIAZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The National Labor Relations Board's regional director has found Republic Doors and Windows violated federal labor law in closing the company's Goose ...

Republic Windows Sit-In Workers To Get Jobs Back Under New Owner

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The factory where laid-off workers staged a highly publicized sit-in that garnered national attention last year was sold to a Californ...

Republic Sit-In Workers Kick Off National Labor Tour

Chi-Town Daily News | Megan Cottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Two months ago, the workers at Republic Windows and Doors went from regular people to national stars and started a conversation about the economic cri...

Republic Windows Factory May Reopen Under New Owner

Crain's Chicago Business | Meghan Streit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Republic Windows & Doors Inc., whose sudden closure in December garnered national attention, may be back in business with a new owner. California-bas...

$10 Million Tax Subsidy To Closed Republic Factory Can't Be Recovered

Chicago Reader | Mick Dumke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

So much for that $10 million. As expected, Daley administration officials told aldermen [Monday] that the city can't recover any of the taxpayer-fund...

City Wants TIF Money Back From Closed Republic Windows Factory

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Top mayoral aides will appear before a City Council committee today to explain what, if any, legal action the city will take against shuttered Republi...

Republic Windows Workers Continue Fight Against Bankrupt Company

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A union representing Chicago workers whose recent factory sit-in drew national attention are taking new action against the now-bankrup...

Workers End Protest At Closed Chicago Factory

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — They've taken their sleeping bags and pillows back home and hauled away their protest placards after ending a nearly weeklong sit-in a...

Obama Embraces Chicago Factory Sit-In: Symbol of New Wave of Activism

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peter Dreier

The bold factory take-over by the Republic workers in Chicago may be a fluke, or it just could be the opening salvo of a new wave of grassroots activism inspired by Obama's campaign.