Dozens of Workers Fired After 'Day Without Immigrants' Protest
"From South Carolina to Colorado, at least 80 workers who abstained from their jobs on February 16 were fired for their show of solidarity with a nationwide protest known as ‘A Day Without Immigrants.’
Thursday's protest came in response to the Donald Trump administration's deportation actions against undocumented immigrants. The mass demonstration resulted in numerous business closures and marches as many went on strike to show solidarity with immigrants targeted by the surge of detainments by Immigrants and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Yet some participating workers, unprotected by lax labor laws in the US, paid a stiff price. At least 80 people who chose join the protest and abstain from work were fired from their jobs, according to local news reports.
In Denver, at least 30 people employed by JVS Masonry were fired, even after telling their boss they would miss work to support the demonstrations but would make up for it two days later.
"The guys that we have out here that have families that are afraid to go out and get a gallon of milk, get gas, going to get groceries in case they get stopped and deported," said Ray, a crew foreman who was among the workers who were fired, according to KDVR.
Their boss, Jim Serowski, said if employees are "going to betray the company, then I have a concern."
"You stand for what you believe, make sure you stand for whatever consequences are going to come," Serowski said in a text to Ray.
"I have no view on immigration laws or anything going on with that. All I know is I have a business to run," Serowski said, according to KDVR. He added that workers would be able to ask for their job back.”*
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