Gov. Rod Blagojevich ordered all state agencies Monday to stop doing business with Bank of America to try to pressure the bank into helping laid-off workers staging a sit-in at their shuttered factory.

The move is leverage to try to convince the North Carolina-based bank to use some of its federal bailout money to resolve the protest by about 200 workers at Republic Windows and Doors.

The company closed last week with just a few days' notice and the workers have promised to remain inside the factory in shifts until they get assurances they will receive their severance and vacation pay. The workers have received support from President-elect Barack Obama and come to symbolize the plight of thousands of people laid off as the economy sours. READ MORE

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  1. Anonymous // December 8, 2008 at 3:12 PM  

    right on!

  2. Anonymous // December 8, 2008 at 3:13 PM  

    word up

  3. G.R.Burke // December 8, 2008 at 3:15 PM