Kari Lydersen // Revolt On Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Means in the Economic Crisis
Friday Apr 9, 7PM @ Red Emma's
December 5, 2008: It wasn’t supposed to work like this. Days after getting a $45 billion bailout from the U.S. government, Bank of America shut down a line of credit that kept Chicago’s Republic Windows & Doors factory operating. The bosses, who knew what was coming, had been sneaking machinery out in the middle of the night. They closed the factory and sent the workers home. Then something surprising happened: Republic’s workers occupied the factory and refused to leave.
Kari Lydersen, an award-winning former Washington Post reporter, tells the story of the factory takeover, elegantly transforming the workers’ story into a parable of labor activism for the 21st century, one that concludes with a surprising and little-reported victory. Join author and journalist Kari Lydersen as she discusses this important book.