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This week's guests:
Roxie Mejia on the “Free Hugo!” campaign. A national call-in day was held earlier this week to support two union members detained by ICE. Although Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nuñez are union construction workers in California, “this could happen anywhere, including here in metro DC,” says Roxana Mejia (no relation), Political Director for Painters District Council 51. “These two union members were only detained because they showed up for work,” said Painters president Kenneth Rigmaiden. “We will not allow the act of showing up to work to be criminalized.” IUPAT is asking union members and supporters to call David Jennings, Director for the San Francisco ICE Field Office, at 844-526-8492 to demand the release of Hugo Mejia.
Former Jimmy John's worker Erik Foreman on the recent ruling by a federal appeals court that ruled that a Twin Cities Jimmy John’s franchisee didn’t violate the union organizing rights of six employees fired for publicly protesting the company’s sick leave policy, saying the workers were “so disloyal” that they lost their legal protections.
Labor Song: from the Broadway show Hamilton: Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)
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