The Story
3:23 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

In Chicago Factory, A New Era For Worker Ownership

Photo: Ricky Macklin
Ricky Macklin
Credit The Working World

Two former workers from the bankrupt Republic Windows and Doors factory, Armando Robles and Ricky Macklin, talk with host Dick Gordon about what has happened since they held a lock-in in 2008. In May this year, with help from labor organizations in Chicago and a loan from The Working World, they were able to “fire the boss” and start an employee-owned factory, New Era Windows Cooperative. “We used to always say that owners need workers, but workers don’t necessarily need owners,” Macklin says.

Hear the full conversation at The Story's website. Also in this show: We look back at the 2008 worker lock-in of the Republic Windows and Doors factory; and since the verdict of the Trayvon Martin case, playwright Nicole Anderson Cobb has been thinking about where we, as a country, are.

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