In the wake of President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration and crackdown on sanctuary cities, detractors have often reminded America that we are a nation built of immigrants.
So, on Thursday, people skipped work to protest the recent “anti-immigrant” legislations and exemplify the immense value immigrants have in America.
While “A Day Without Immigrants,” intended to show the country how much we need immigrants, some employers felt that their businesses could operate just fine without them.
Bradley Coatings, Incorporated, located in Tennessee, fired 18 employees after they didn’t show up for work on Thursday. One employee told WTVF that his termination was “unfair,” and didn’t understand why they weren’t “given an opportunity,” after calling out of work less than 24 hours in advance. He said:
“I would tell him he was unfair, after working for them for so many years, gave him our best. They could not understand that it was just one day. We were going to make up that day on a Sunday, but they didn’t understand that, and it was not the best way. They didn’t give us an opportunity and just told us we were fired.”
In a released statement, the company’s attorney claimed their termination had nothing to do with their decision to “peacefully demonstrate,” but had everything to do with their decision not to fulfill their obligations. The statement said:
“This past Wednesday night, certain employees of BCI informed their leadership that they would not be at work the following day. Because of the time-sensitive nature of the jobs these employees were assigned to, all employees were told that they would need to show up for work or they would be terminated … Regretfully, and consistent with its prior communication to all its employees, BCI had no choice but to terminate these individuals.”
A few states away, in Florida, a daycare was forced to close after so many employees failed to show up for work.
Brenda Botello told a NBC2 reporter that two employees of Grace Community School were fired Friday morning, so she and three others quit because they felt their termination looming. Botello described herself as “Mexican” and said:
“We hear that they get fired, go home. I say it’s not fair. If we… before he fire me, I’m gonna go, I leave.”
However, it’s unclear if the employees were fired or not. Reverend Jeremy Walker who runs the school said in an email that no one was fired, although parents of the school claim they were told employees no longer had their jobs.
In Denver, JVS Masonry fired at least 30 of its employees who failed to show up for work. Ray, a foreman of two crews, read a text he received from his boss to Fox31:
“You stand for what you believe, make sure you stand for whatever consequences are going to come … He said whoever took the day off today can find another job tomorrow.”
While he claimed the employees were fired for “standing up for families,” Jim Serowski, the owner, said it wasn’t about politics, it was about the fact that he has a “business to run.” He told Fox31:
“If they want a job, they show up when they are supposed to.”
Despite the controversial termination, Serowski claimed that if any of his employees want their job back, all they have to do is ask.
NBC reported that 21 employees were fired at a boat manufacturing company in South Carolina, 12 from an Oklahoma restaurant and 25 from a deli in New York.
Those incidents bring the grand total of newly unemployed Americans to at least 112.