[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/US/12/08/chicago.labor.protest/art.factory.one.gi.jpg caption="Workers occupy the Republic Windows and Doors factory on Saturday, December 6, in Chicago, Illinois."]
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Talk about hanging on for dear life: workers laid off Friday from a company in Chicago called Republic Windows and Doors refuse to leave after their bosses told them the factory was closing. For years, these workers assembled vinyl windows and sliding doors, and they are now staging a “peaceful occupation” of the factory.
They say bosses only gave them 3 days’ notice and not the 60 days required by fed law + are owed vacation and severance pay. They're also angry because Bank of America, a lender to their company, is a recipient of the recent gov't bailout. Gary Tuchman flew out there last night, and he will have this story tonight.
P-E Obama said the economy would get worse before it gets better. Given such high expectations for him once he hits office in January, it’s no wonder he offers a reality check. He announced that he will craft a plan to upgrade and/or repair the nation’s public infrastructure to create jobs and jump start the economy, so if your roads need new pavement or the bridges in your state are looking rusty these days, it looks like a facelift for them may be coming soon.
More developments on the auto bailout this morning, Obama supports one but says Congress was right in drafting legislation that holds Detroit’s feet to the fire. Sen. Dodd came out and said one condition should be a change in leadership at GM. Ali Velshi will have the latest.
Nic Robertson got himself aboard a NATO warship patrolling waters that pirates have been targeting lately. Luckily, Nic hasn’t run into any pirates himself yet, and he might join us later tonight to tell us what NATO is doing to curb these pirate attacks.
Over the weekend Amy Poehler reprised her role as Sen. Hillary Clinton on SNL, her first appearance since giving birth on October 25th. She joked about the unflappable staying power of the Clintons- ain’t that the truth. And if you notice that our CNN logo is Green on our screen, it’s because all week we’ll be releasing excerpts from our latest installment of Planet in Peril which airs Thursday, and you get to see Anderson, Sanjay and Lisa Ling globetrotting to places that illustrate our top environmental priorities.
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