Five day hunger strike protesting E-Verify targeting of hotel employees begins Friday, April 5th
Hotel workers have spent the last year trying to organize a union at the Hilton Mission Valley and suddenly in late March when a new management company took over, the hotel began using E-verify.
Hotel managers told the nine employees they had until Monday, April 8 or Tuesday, April 9 to fix problems with paperwork or face termination. That’s why hotel workers, clergy and community activists are on the hunger strike. They are calling the hotel’s plan to fire the nine long-time hotel employees who the system flagged unfair.
"We can’t stand by as immigrant workers face firing after being subjected to the flawed and unfair E-Verify system." said Brigette Browning, President of UNITE HERE Local 30. "This hunger strike highlights that these workers and their families deserve the same opportunities to work and the same respect as all of San Diego’s working families, and the community stands with them and all immigrant workers who face unfair treatment."
So far the hunger strikers have received visits by Congressman Scott Peters, State Senator Ben Hueso, San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria, San Diego Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer Lorena Gonzalez, Reverend Beth Johnson from the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, and immigrant rights leader Christian Ramirez. Hunger strikers and threatened workers were also joined by incoming San Diego Unified School Superintendent Cindy Marten and SDUSD School Board members Richard Barrera and Marne Foster who wanted to stop by to lend their support.
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