Twelve employees — nearly half of the staff – of a Pei Wei Asian Diner in Chandler were fired after they ditched work to participate in a recent protest of Arizona’s new immigration law – Senate Bill 1070.
The restaurant has a workforce of about 30. The firing was the result of violation of a well established attendance polity.
“When employees choose not to show up for a scheduled shift and choose not to give notice, it causes tremendous disruption to fellow co-workers and impedes our ability to serve our guests,” the company said in a statement.
The daily reports that the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union is “giving moral and financial support to the fired workers,” although the employees were not unionized.
A Google search provides a history of the IWW. Its goal is to promote worker solidarity in the revolutionary struggle to overthrow the employing class.
While the union is looking for a labor lawyer who will work pro bono, picketing of the company’s restaurants continues at other locations.
The fired employees want their jobs back, are asking for back pay and an apology.
A business with this as their policy statement is hardly one that would be expected to be the object of scorn.
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