Workers gave testimony to a panel led by
"It is a grave injustice to hear that
Workers and supporters packed the room at a local community center where workers like
"I've worked at
As a direct
"I worked as a temporary agency worker for
Borja told the panel that a plant manager bluntly explained to him that the company did not care about his injury and, as a temporary employee, he was nonexistent in the eyes of the company. Borja was fired the next day.
In March, an election for union representation was held but workers' ballots have been impounded by the
"The company spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on so-called 'union avoidance consultants' whose job was to intimidate, threaten, harass and destroy the hope of the workers," said
Workers also told that panel that the company used racist slurs to degrade Latino workers.
"In February, I noticed three different fliers posted in the facility - each one depicted a donkey and one showed the donkey dressed as a poor Mexican farmworker wearing a sombrero," said
In addition to oral testimony, workers and the union provided the panel with a packet of materials, including numerous worker stories about abusive treatment and safety hazards at the facilities.
"This panel is calling on
Others on the panel included
Working Partnerships will be issuing a report based on the workers' testimony.
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