Rep. Davis Supports Republic Window and Doors Workers

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December 8, 2008
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Representative Danny K. Davis' Statement of Support for Republic Window and Doors Workers

Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL07) today issued the following statement:

I fully support workers at Republic Windows and Doors in theirstruggle for justice, in their struggle for what they have earnedthrough their honest labor.  These workers and their union, UnitedElectrical Workers (UE) have taken a courageous stand against corporatepolicies and practices which disregard hard won laws and contractsdesigned to protect working men and women and which disrespect anddevalue those who produce our goods and provide our services.  For thepast eight years the rights of working folk have been routinelytrampled with particular disregard. 

Representative Danny K. Davis' Statement of Support for Republic Window and Doors Workers

Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL07) today issued the following statement:

I fully support workers at Republic Windows and Doors in theirstruggle for justice, in their struggle for what they have earnedthrough their honest labor.  These workers and their union, UnitedElectrical Workers (UE) have taken a courageous stand against corporatepolicies and practices which disregard hard won laws and contractsdesigned to protect working men and women and which disrespect anddevalue those who produce our goods and provide our services.  For thepast eight years the rights of working folk have been routinelytrampled with particular disregard. 

Now in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the GreatDepression, the big banks and insurance companies, have come to theAmerican people begging for relief.  In the interest of the economy asa whole, Congress provided hundreds of billions of dollars in bailoutsand the Federal Reserve has provided hundreds of billions more, to keepour economy from sliding into deep depression.  These companies andtheir executives, including Bank of America, accumulated unprecedentedprofits, and many still continue to pay exorbitant salaries and bonusesto their executives.  Now Bank of America has indicated despite thebillions in aid they have received they feel no responsibility to useeven a tiny fraction of that aid to fulfil their obligations toordinary workers.  It is to the great shame of Bank of America thatthey have withdrawn support for these workers who produce the energyefficient doors and windows that are a critical piece of greening oureconomy and freeing our nation from its dependence on imported oil.

The workers at Republic Windows and Doors and their union, UE, inthe great tradition of our history, have understood that no one willprotect their rights if they do not take the lead in their owndefense.  They deserve our support and I am proud to stand with them.