Just last week Hartmarx, a Chicago company in the business of making business suits, including the one Barack Obama wore at his inauguration, filed for bankruptcy. Wells Fargo, its biggest creditor and a recipient of $25 billion in bailout funds, wants to liquidate the company. But Hartmarx workers have said no. On Monday they voted to occupy the Chicago factory if the bank goes ahead with liquidation. That?s just one of the many stories from around the world?from France, Poland, Canada, the UK, and Argentina?of workers taking direct action to save their jobs and rebuild the economy. Why can?t we fire the boss? It?s a question Namoi Klein and Avi Lewis explored when they made their film, The Take, about Argentina?s movement of worker run businesses. The idea may be catching on and last week we sat down with the filmmakers and with workers and organizers from Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago to talk about how direct action campaigns have fared.
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