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December 14, 2012
Workers, clergy to pray for justice after holiday season firings
LOS ANGELES – Employees of the Holiday Inn LAX and religious leaders will stage an Advent for Justice on Friday December, 14, at 11 am, to protest the firing of workers just weeks before Christmas.
Clergy and workers will lay a large wreath in front of the Holiday Inn LAX, and will light Advent candles as they pray for justice at the Holiday Inn LAX.
Half a dozen workers who were fired had spoken out about conditions inside the hotel. The Union has asked the National Labor Relations Board to investigate whether the firings violate federal labor law.
"This Advent for Justice is an effort to bring light and hope into a dark situation," said Rev. Erin Tamayo of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice.
"Days after I spoke up about working off the clock, I was called into the general manager’s office and asked why I was sabotaging the company. Then I was fired. I have worked at the Holiday Inn for 15 years," said Nicomedes Quiapos, a bartender and restaurant server fired in October.
"This Christmas, we are praying for justice at work." said Martha Vasquez, a Holiday Inn housekeeper.