Today, May 8, more than 500 people will march and 30 will take arrest in an act of civil disobedience tomorrow to support the 10 worker-leaders fired during an organizing drive last November at Mardi Gras Casino in Florida. Those who plan to be arrested include fired workers from Mardi Gras Casino, clergy, community leaders, and workers from UNITE HERE! Local 355. The rally comes a week after the National Labor Relations Board filed complaints against the casino operators claiming, among other things, that management “threatened to discharge employees if they engaged in union activities or protected concerted activities.” The rally and civil disobedience participants have come together under the banner of the Florida Freedom Charter, a joint-community and labor effort to address the critical issues and challenges facing Florida’s working families.
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