Chandler Restaurant Workers Fired For Missing Work To Protest SB1070
My favorite story of the week. Your actions have consequences. Some people still need to learn that the hard way….
CHANDLER, Ariz. — “We decided not to go to work because we don’t want SB 1070 to go through,” said Maria Laurean, who works at Pei Wei restaurant in Chandler. Instead of clocking in, dozens of co-workers joined together at the Arizona state Capital.
“It’s nothing against the company, it’s just to show the American people, “who’s going to run the restaurants?” Laurean said.
A day later, its seems employees got their supervisor’s attention. “We got fired,” said Pei Wei employee Elizabeth Serefin. “All of us that were at the march.” Serafin and 12 others are now unemployed, including one woman who has worked at the restaurant since it opened ten years ago.
“I can understand it because that’s their business and we were supposed to work, but come on, they have to understand us too,” Serfin said.
Serafin said they all understood they were taking a risk, and as the general manager of Pei Wei in Chandler reaffirmed Sunday, it’s just business, but for thirteen people, taking a chance to secure a future was more important than another day of work.
“If we want something to happen, we have to do something,” Serafin said. Laurean said she had Saturday off and still has her position at the restaurant.