About 250 laid-off employees of the shuttered Republican Windows and Doors ended their sit-in at the Chicago factory last week after reaching an agreement that calls for them to receive severance pay and extended health care benefits

The benefits carry a price tag of $1.75 million. They will be covered by the company’s creditors, including a loan from Bank of America Corp. for $1.35 million and $400,000 from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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