THE FUTURE NOW

Factory takeovers in Argentina and Chicago


In response to 2001's economic crisis in Argentina, machinery in hundreds of factories sat idle, until the day that workers decided to take over the factories and run them themselves. About 200 factories were seized by workers, and today 15,000 workers are still employed in collectively-owned and run factories in Argentina. The tactic was used in the United States in Chicago. After workers at Republic Windows and Doors went on strike twice and occupied their factory to demand their factory stay open after the company went into bankrupcy, workers decided to form their own worker cooperative window factory, New Era Windows.

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