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Vancouver Hilton - fires outspoken (pro-labor) worker

Human Resources Director Irene Chrest, fired Luke after demanding private information regarding a medical condition that causes him to fall asleep. Combined with having to work two jobs, this medical issue is a serious issue for him.

301 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, Washington, United States 98660
Tel: 1-360-993-4500 Fax: 1-360-993-4484

(If you can't go, email HR Director Irene Chrest at  Irene.Chrest@hilton.com )
If you have time and transport this morning, come out to protest the unfair firing of Vancouver Hilton hotel worker, apparently in retaliation for speaking out about conditions there. Workers belonging to UNITE-HERE have been conducting a campaign for months to bring the Vancouver Hilton up to regional standards. The protest starts at 11:30 a.m., called by UNITE-HERE & is backed by Portland Jobs... with Justice.

301 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, Washington, United States 98660
Tel: 1-360-993-4500 Fax: 1-360-993-4484
(If you can't go, email HR Director Irene Chrest at  Irene.Chrest@hilton.com )

 http://tinyurl.com/ckzs9kt (tiny link to Map / Location)

Description from a UNITE-HERE organizer: "After our amazing and inspirational action [Tuesday}, Luke Fielder, the PBX Operator who spoke to us of the injustice at the hotel, has been fired today [Wednesday].

Human Resources Director Irene Chrest, fired Luke after demanding private information regarding a medical condition that causes him to fall asleep. Combined with having to work two jobs, this medical issue is a serious issue for him.

Management's cruel, heartless firing of Luke is one more example of the lack of respect this employer has for their workers.

Will you join us tomorrow at 11:30 at the hotel to demand Irene Chrest to immediately reinstate Luke? We hope you can be there."

Important Update on Vancouver Firing from UNITE HERE 24.Dec.2011 05:38

update reposted from Jobs w/ Justice list announcement

UNITE HERE thanks each and every one of you for your passionate response to the firing of Lucas Fielder at the Vancouver Hilton. From our understanding, community far and wide placed calls to the General Manager of the hotel protesting their despicable act of firing Luke four days before Christmas and only one day after he spoke out for better wages at his union's December 20th Candlelight Vigil. Additionally, over 35 community members delegated the General Manager (and City Hall!) on Thursday, Dec 22nd to protest the company's actions.

We are talking to the company, and are going to give them a chance to respond, and do the right thing - which is to reinstate Luke to his job!

At this point, we are not advocating for any further actions and we will keep everyone updated on next steps as our struggle for justice for Luke and all workers at the Vancouver Hilton continues! Your passion for hotel workers in the Northwest is inspiring and, along with the workers strength, will be the driving force to bring these jobs above the poverty line.

In solidarity,
UNITE HERE

What am I missing? 28.Dec.2011 23:26

notsomedude

The information in this article is not adequate to make a decision about the situation. It sounds like Luke was falling asleep at work, and when his employer confronted him about it he said it was due to a medical condition. To me, it seems reasonable that Luke provide his employer substantial proof that his medical condition is causing his sleepiness to substantiate his claims. Otherwise, it seems reasonable that the employer assume Luke is falling asleep on the job because he is tired, for one reason or another, and it seems reasonable to terminate his employment because he can't be awake at work. What am I missing here?