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Workers Shouldn’t Be Cornered and Threatened at Work.

David C. Dal Zin
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Imagine working as a housekeeper for a national hotel chain. You and your colleagues, anxious for better wages and a more reasonable workload, have begun the process of forming a union. In response, your employer dispatches teams of anti-union consultants into the hotel.

Without warning, four men come to the room you are cleaning, close the door and begin questioning you about your union support. They raise their voices. They block the door. They threaten your job and your immigration status. You feel cornered and afraid. You have no protections, no voice, and no choice but to endure the intimidation.

This is what happened to many housekeepers at the Stamford Hilton.

Inés Orjuela and her co-workers were able to stand united while management tried to thwart their efforts to form a union.

Listen to her recount that experience:

No one should be fearful at work for exercising their right to join a union. SB 163 prohibits employers from disciplining or terminating a worker who leaves a meeting when the primary purpose is to discuss the employer’s opinion about religion, politics and union organizing.

Urge your state representative to protect workers’ freedom of speech by supporting SB 163.