jesse_jackson.jpgCHICAGO (AP) _ The Rev. Jesse Jackson has begun meeting with the hundreds of workers occupying a Chicago factory that they say gave them just three days' notice before closing.


The workers say they won't leave the Republic Windows and Doors plant until they are assured that they'll receive their severance and vacation pay.

Jackson met with the workers Sunday morning. His Rainbow PUSH Coalition says he's trying to help get Republic's creditor, the Bank of America, to reinstate the company's line of credit and save around 300 jobs.

Union organizer Leah Fried says the window manufacturer can't pay its employees because the Bank of America won't let them.

The bank's said it isn't responsible for Republic's financial obligations to its employees.

Pictured above is the Rev. Jesse Jackson.