15 Mexican women fired after attending immigrant
April 11, 2006 -- Fifteen immigrant women were fired
from their jobs as meat cutters after attending a protest for immigrant
rights last month.
The women had been told they would be terminated if
they missed work on the day of the March 27 rally in Detroit, said Jay Bonahoom,
general manager of Wolverine Packing Co.
But the workers said Monday that the women received no such warning. They
would not have skipped the morning shift if they knew they would have been fired
for attending the rally, said Elena Herrada, an activist trying to get the
women's jobs back.
The workers had been told, "written and verbally," on the Friday before the
protest that their attendance was mandatory on the day of the rally, Bonahoom
told the Detroit Free Press.
The fired workers were natives of Mexico. Many had worked at Wolverine
Packing for several years, and some were undocumented immigrants, Herrada said.
They were fired "for standing up for their rights," she said
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