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Workers at Republic Windows & Doors late Wednesday approved a $1.75 million agreement, ending a six-day factory sit-in that captured national attention. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez said each former Republic employee will get eight weeks salary, all accrued vacation pay and two months paid health care. That works out to about $7,000 for each worker, he said. The Chicago plant's owners, union leaders and Bank of America forged the agreement Wednesday. Workers ratified it after 9 p.m. Wednesday. Gutierrez says $1.75 million will go into an escrow account for the workers. Bank of America spokeswoman Julie Westermann said the company loaned $1.35 million. Gutierrez said JPMorgan Chase & Co. added $400,000. Bank of America had been vilified for cutting off the plant's credit -- despite being on the receiving end of $15 billion in the federal bank bailout package. Workers began their sit-in after Republic gave them just three days notice the plant was closing last week. They vowed to stay until receiving assurances they'd get severance and vacation pay. Chicago Sun-Times reports (26 images)

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Laid off workers peer through the doors of the their abruptly shuttered factory where they staged a sit-in on Dec. 5 demanding that the bank which cut off credit to the Chicago company free up some financing so they can be paid their final wages. The 250 unionized workers planned to camp out at the factory until a settlement is reached with Republic Windows & Doors and Bank of America. AFP / Getty Images / Mira Oberman

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Miguel Ramirez holds a picket outside the Republic Windows and Doors factory Dec. 8 in Chicago, Illinois. Ramirez, an 11-year veteran of the company, and about 200 other workers, who got three days' notice their factory was shutting down, are occupying the facility in shifts demanding severance and vacation pay they say they are owed. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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A worker with Republic Windows and Doors peers through the factory door at the main entrance to the factory Dec. 9 in Chicago, Illinois. The plant closed last week, with workers occupying the facility for five days, after financing for the beleagured company was cancelled. Today, Bank of America reversed course and said it would extend limited loans to the company. Getty Images / Darren Hauck



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Protesters demonstrate in front of a Bank of America branch in support of Republic Windows & Doors workers Dec. 10 in Chicago. Workers at Republic Windows & Doors workers, who staged a protest at the companyÔø?s Chicago factory, have won a partial victory when Bank of America Corp., offered loans to the firm to resolve issues of pay to fired workers. The protesters were also joined by gay and lesbian activists who had held a rally earlier in the day to demand equal rights. AFP / Getty Images / Nicholas Kamm



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Mario Neria stands in the doorway at the Republic Windows and Doors factory on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Chicago. Workers laid off from their jobs at the factory have occupied the building since Friday and are demanding assurances they'll get severance and vacation pay that they say they are owed. AP / Brian Kersey



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Factory worker Carmen Cuevas of Chicago, right, a ten-year employee, joins other Republic Windows and Doors during a noon vigil outside as the workers stage a sit-in in the Chicago factory, Dec. 6. MCT / Chicago Tribune / Bonnie Trafelet



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Factory workers from Republic Windows and Doors stand in the doorway as they stage a sit-in in the Chicago factory, Dec. 6. MCT / Chicago Tribune / Bonnie Trafelet



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Employees of Republic Windows and Doors demonstrate outside Bank of America, Dec. 3, in Chicago, Ill. MCT / Chicago Tribune / Phil Velasquez



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Raul Garza, left, who has worked at Republic Windows & Doors for 17 years, and Austreberto Vargas, who has worked there for 15 years, wait for Jesse Jackson to arrive on Sunday, Dec. 7, at Republic Windows in Chicago, Illinois. Jackson brought food to the workers who have been occupying the building since Friday over vacation and severance pay they say they are owed. MCT / Chicago Tribune / Nancy Stone



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Nedra Rollins uses a bull horn to chant along with members of UE's North Carolina Local 150, community supporters, and students who were protesting in uptown Charlotte Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 at the Bank of America Corporate Center in support of UE members in Chicago who are occupying their factory, Republic Windows and Doors. The plant suddenly shut down on Friday, Dec. 5 with only three days notice to the union and workers, and without paying workers money they are owed. Bank of America is Republic's main creditor and controls the company's day-to-day finances. The plant closing was precipitated by the bank cutting off credit to Republic. The Charlotte Observer / Davie Hinshaw



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Workers occupy the floor on the fourth day of a sit-in at the Republic Windows and Doors factory Monday, Dec. 8 in Chicago. The band of 200 workers demanding severance and vacation pay have become a national symbol for the millions of laid off workers across the country after the company abruptly fired them last week prompting them to occupy their former workplace. .The workers have promised to remain inside the factory in shifts until they get assurances they will receive their severance and vacation pay. AP / M. Spencer Green



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Fielipe Dillado, a ten year employee, holds a donation box on the fourth day of a sit-in at the Republic Windows and Doors factory Monday, Dec. 8 in Chicago. The band of 200 workers demanding severance and vacation pay have become a national symbol for the millions of laid off workers across the country after the company abruptly fired them last week prompting them to occupy their former workplace.The workers have promised to remain inside the factory in shifts until they get assurances they will receive their severance and vacation pay. AP / M. Spencer Green



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Workers an supporters line the factory floor Sunday, Dec. 7 on the third day of a sit-in at the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago. The band of 200 workers demanding severance and vacation pay have become a national symbol for the millions of laid off workers across the country after the company abruptly fired them last week prompting them to occupy their former workplace. AP / M. Spencer Green



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Patricia Robles and her son, Armondo, Jr., listen during a news conference held by Jesse Jackson in the lobby of Republic Windows & Doors, in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 7. Jackson, a civil rights leader, has begun meeting with the hundreds of workers occupying a Chicago factory that they say gave them just three days' notice before closing. AP / Eric Y. Exit



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Rev. Jesse Jackson, second from left on truck, delivers food to workers at Republic Windows & Doors, in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 7. Jackson, a civil rights leader, has begun meeting with the hundreds of workers occupying a Chicago factory that they say gave them just three days' notice before closing. AP / Eric Y. Exit



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Maria Gonzalez and other workers listen during a news conference held by Jesse Jackson in the lobby of Republic Windows & Doors, in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 7. Jackson, a civil rights leader, has begun meeting with the hundreds of workers occupying a Chicago factory that they say gave them just three days' notice before closing. AP / Eric Y. Exit



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Workers and union organizers rally outside of the Republic Windows and Doors factory on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Chicago. Workers laid off from their jobs at the factory have occupied the building since Friday and are demanding assurances they'll get severance and vacation pay that they say they are owed. AP / Brian Kersey



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Jesus Juarez, from left, Abelino Gabina and Arturo Garcia sit at the Republic Windows and Doors factory on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Chicago. Workers laid off from their jobs at the factory have occupied the building since Friday and are demanding assurances they'll get severance and vacation pay that they say they are owed. AP / Brian Kersey



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Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 10 in support of members of Local 1110 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. The office of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., says JP Morgan Chase has pledged $400,000 to use strictly for the workers laid off last week by Republic Windows and Doors. AP / Gerald Herbert



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Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 10 in support of members of Local 1110 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. The office of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., says JP Morgan Chase has pledged $400,000 to use strictly for the workers laid off last week by Republic Windows and Doors. AP / Gerald Herbert



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Protesters are turned away by a security guard after trying to enter a Bank of America branch on Chicago's West Side Monday, Dec. 8 after picketing to say they support union workers staging a sit-in at their former factory. Republic Windows and Doors employees are in the fourth day of a sit-in after they were abruptly let go last week. AP / Paul Beaty



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Workers bring in donated food on the fourth day of a sit-in at the Republic Windows and Doors factory Monday, Dec. 8 in Chicago. The band of 200 workers demanding severance and vacation pay have become a national symbol for the millions of laid off workers across the country after the company abruptly fired them last week prompting them to occupy their former workplace. AP / M. Spencer Green



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Picketers from the International Union of Operating Engineers gather in support of workers on the fourth day of a sit-in at the Republic Windows and Doors factory Monday, Dec. 8 in Chicago. The band of 200 workers demanding severance and vacation pay have become a national symbol for the millions of laid off workers across the country after the company abruptly fired them last week prompting them to occupy their former workplace. AP / M. Spencer Green



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Picketers march in support of workers on the fourth day of a sit-in at the Republic Windows and Doors factory Monday, Dec. 8 in Chicago. The band of 200 workers demanding severance and vacation pay have become a national symbol for the millions of laid off workers across the country after the company abruptly fired them last week prompting them to occupy their former workplace. AP / M. Spencer Green



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James Cuadrado, right, of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 grabs some liunch as picketers march in support of workers on the fourth day of a sit-in at the Republic Windows and Doors factory Monday, Dec. 8 in Chicago. The band of 200 workers demanding severance and vacation pay have become a national symbol for the millions of laid off workers across the country after the company abruptly fired them last week prompting them to occupy their former workplace. AP / M. Spencer Green



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Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago Dec. 10 in support of members of Local 1110 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America. The office of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., says JP Morgan Chase has pledged $400,000 to use strictly for the workers laid off last week by Republic Windows and Doors. The laid-off workers are staging a sit-in at the plant in a demand for pay. AP / Gerald Herbert



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