Terranea Fired Worker Over Some Chicken Wings?

 Freddy Lovato, center, was fired after he didn’t throw away some chicken wings.

Freddy Lovato, center, was fired after he didn’t throw away some chicken wings.

In August, 2018, the Terranea fired Freddy Lovato, a key leader in the fight for a fair process to organize at the resort. Terranea managers alleged that he failed to throw away chicken wings after being told to make a new batch with a different sauce. Freddy says that since there was nothing wrong with the chicken, he put it in the refrigerator in case his coworkers wanted to eat it.

Workers believe that the real reason Terranea fired Freddy was for his vocal role in the labor dispute.  UNITE HERE Local 11, the hotel workers union, has now filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that Terranea violated federal law by firing Freddy “in retaliation for his protected, concerted activity.” Freddy’s public leadership can be seen in the multiple news outlets that quoted Freddy on conditions at the resort. Indeed, Bloomberg quoted him in 2017 saying: “everything looks so beautiful in front of the house, but if you go in back of the house, where we are, it’s terrible.”   NLRB staff will investigate the charge, and if they find probable cause, will issue a complaint against the resort. 

Do you think it’s reasonable to fire a worker for failing to throw away some chicken? You can help Terranea workers by pledging not to eat, sleep, or meet at the resort until workers there get a fair process to organize a union. Will you pledge to stand with Terranea workers as they fight for dignity and respect on the job?