Press Release

Gutierrez Optimistic About Continued Dialogue with Bank of America, Republic Windows and Doors & Union
Congressman to Moderate Additional Meeting on Tuesday Afternoon

December 9, 2008

Rebecca Dreilinger (202) 225-8203

(Chicago, IL) On Monday afternoon, Dec. 8, U.S. Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) moderated a meeting with representatives of Bank of America, Republic Windows and Doors and the United Electrical Workers. Following the meeting, Rep. Gutierrez made the following statement:

"This afternoon we had a very productive meeting led by Bank of America. I am thankful for the spirit of reconciliation they adopted at the meeting. They reiterated on several occasions that they share my commitment to working together and finding a solution that puts the workers first. It is clear to me that the moment of finger-pointing between Republic's owners and the Bank is being set aside in order to find just solutions for the claims of the workers."

"No promises were made, other than that all parties will come back to the table tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Bank of America in Chicago."