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Workers protest ‘no-match’ firings

Latino workers at a plastics manufacturing plant in Batavia are striking to protest “unfair and arbitrary” firings of long-time workers based on Social Security no-match letters.

They’ll hold a press conference tomorrow, Tuesday, February 26, at 11 a.m. at the Proex plant, 1011 Olympia Way, Batavia.>

Seventy Proex employees went on strike and established a picket line today.

They charge the company has “invented” a no-match letter situation in order to fire senior employees with impunity so they could replace them with new workers at lower pay and benefit levels, according to a release from the Chicago Workers Collaborative.

Though the Social Security Administration has not sent employers no-match letters for two years, companies continue to use them as a pretext to fire higher-paid senior Latino employees, according to the group.

The Chicago Workers Collaborative reports it has prevented the firings of more than two thousand employees at 27 different companies in the Chicago area.  Info at 773-517-9165.

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