The Georgia Mae Morning News

Laid-off workers at a Chicago window factory staged a sit-in over the weekend and captured the attention and support of President-elect Barack Obama. About 200 workers from the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America have conducted what they call a “peaceful occupation” of the Republic Windows and Doors plant since Friday, when their abruptly announced layoffs were supposed to take effect. The workers said Republic told them Bank of America had cut off credit to the company and gave them three days’ notice that they were losing their jobs. Federal law requires either 60 days’ notice or 60 days’ pay for the laid-off workers and the workers are demanding their severance pay. CNN

President-elect Barack Obama has nominated Gen. Eric Shinseki (Ret.) to become Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Shinseki, the first Army four-star general of Japanese-American ancestry, is a former Army chief of staff once vilified by the Bush administration for questioning its Iraq war strategy. AP

A Ford Escape, Chevy Tahoe from GM and a Chrysler Aspen were parked at the altar at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple Sunday as the Rev. Charles Ellis prayed for divine intervention. With autoworkers in the pews, Rev. Ellis told several thousand congregants that he and other Detroit ministers would pray and fast until Congress voted on a bailout for Detroit’s embattled automakers, and asked them to do the same.


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