I read this story with interest.
I have attended many protest hearings, protests, marches and the like in my lifetime - I love the concept and practice of civil disobedience.
According to the news reports, in Illinois, a factory of the size in question needs to provide workers with 75 days' notice in the event of a closure. The workers received 3 days' notice. That means no job, no health insurance, no accrued vacation time being paid out - nothing.
The loan on the factory is held by Bank of America - one of the largest banks in the country - I hope that with the pressure being brought to bear by other unions who are now involved, that something will give - appropriate notice will be given to workers and that monies be found to provide COBRA benefits.
More signs of the times.
Roll on January 20th. I am already excited at President Elect Obama's plan to get more jobs in America - these people need hope - if they can get blue collar jobs in the new plan, even better.