The "Matchbox 5" have reached a settlement with the local restaurant. Supporters of Ana Hernandez, Altagracia Reyes, Alejandro Roman, Lucas Efrain, and Angel Morales have been picketing Matchbox after being fired for defending their rights at work earlier this year. “Thank you to all of the people who supported us and for the strength you gave us. Now I can say that we won,” said Hernández. “I urge you to not remain silent about workplace injustices. All united for better treatment at work - the workers united will never be defeated!" In addition to a monetary settlement, as part of the settlement through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Matchbox will post bilingual notices of their workers’ rights to organize and take collective action to improve working conditions at both their Chinatown and Pentagon City locations for the next 60 days. “Nearly two thousand people came together to take action - collecting petition signatures, rallying and marching to demand justice and fair treatment for Matchbox workers,” said Hannah Kane, worker justice organizer at Many Languages One Voice. "This victory proves how much power workers really have when they commit to each other," says Jessica Yanez, organizer with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC. Click here for complete details
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