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      Immigrant women fired after attending Detroit rally

      Associated Press
      Tuesday, April 11, 2006

      DETROIT (AP) - Fifteen immigrant women were fired from
      their jobs as meat cutters after attending a protest
      for immigrant rights last month.

      The women had been told they would be terminated if
      they missed work on the day of the March 27 rally in
      Detroit, said Jay Bonahoom, general manager of
      Wolverine Packing Co.

      But the workers said Monday that the women received no
      such warning. They would not have skipped the morning
      shift if they knew they would have been fired for
      attending the rally, said Elena Herrada, an activist
      trying to get the women's jobs back.

      The workers had been told, "written and verbally," on
      the Friday before the protest that their attendance
      was mandatory on the day of the rally, Bonahoom told
      the Detroit Free Press.

      The fired workers were natives of Mexico. Many had
      worked at Wolverine Packing for several years, and
      some were undocumented immigrants, Herrada said.

      They were fired "for standing up for their rights,"
      she said.
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