Farm worker may day march/janitors protest immigrant firingsdn
MT. VERNON, WA – 2MAY10 – Farm workers and their supporters in Skagit and Whatcom Counties, the agricultural valleys north of Seattle, marched to protest attacks on immigrants and for the rights of farm workers. The march from Burlington to Mt. Vernon was organized by the Skagit County Farm Workers Solidarity Committee and Community2Community, and was one of many May Day immigrant rights marches around the country. Marchers protested the passage of a law in Arizona that would make it a state crime to be undocumented. At the front of the march workers carried a banner from the Laborers Union, which supported the marchers.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 26APRIL10 – San Francisco janitors, members of Service Employees Union Local 87, protest the firing of 475 workers. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told the workers’ employer, ABM building maintenence company, to fire them because they lacked legal immigration status. Some of the workers are single mothers, who have worked cleaning downtown office building for as many as 25 years. The protest took place at San Francisco City Hall, where workers were supported by city Supervisors, other workers, and other political and labor leaders.
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