Carlos Hernandez is a Subway worker who helped lead the fast food strikes this summer to demand that the huge, profitable fast food industry treat their workers with respect. Now Subway has fired him — supposedly over a 66¢ cookie.
Federal charges have been filed alleging that Carlos was actually fired in retaliation for his role as a leader in the fast food workers movement.
Everyone should have the right to speak out for a better life — that's why workers have a legal right to strike. It's unacceptable that instead of listening to workers and considering their concerns, Subway fired a leader in the fast food workers movement and is trying to intimidate other workers from speaking out.
Support Carlos & the fast food workers movement: BOYCOTT SUBWAY until he gets his job back.*
Thousands of fast-food workers have joined a nationwide wave of strikes for better pay and the right to organize. Almost every one of these workers went back to work without incident. Why? Because it's illegal to fire someone for striking — and because the law has been backed up by overwhelming community support.
Carlos is a true leader who helped organize the May 30th and August 29th strikes.
He spread the word to his co-workers, and successfully encouraged many to join him on strike, forcing several stores to close. He joined strikelines outside the store where he works, and even spoke out at the rallies which culminated both Seattle fast food strikes.
His managers repeatedly tried to intimidate him into quieting down, but Carlos continued to stand up for what he believed in: better pay & working conditions for fast food workers like him.
Carlos knew that speaking out could be a risk, but spoke out anyway because he thought it was important to be there for his coworkers and for his community.
Now it's time for all of use — workers, customers, and community — to be there for Carlos too.
Everyone should have the right to speak out for a better life. It's unacceptable that instead of listening to workers and considering their concerns, Subway has chosen to fire Carlos.
Don't shop at Subway until they commit to respect the law and give Carlos his job back.
*Our dispute is with Subway. We are not asking anyone to boycott a neutral employer.