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Angry laid-off workers occupy factory in Chicago
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CHICAGO (AP) — Workers laid off from their jobs at a Chicago factory have occupied the building and are demanding assurances they'll get severance and vacation pay that they say they are owed.
About 200 employees of Republic Windows and Doors began staging the sit-in in shifts this week after learning the plant was closing Friday.
Leah Fried (LAY'-uh FREED'), an organizer with the United Electrical Workers, says Republic failed to give 60 days' notice required by law.
Chicago police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak says police are aware of the situation and are patrolling the area.
Representatives of Republic Windows did not immediately respond Saturday to calls and e-mails seeking comment.