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Video: Rehire Ryan - A rally outside of New Season Market on 2.14.12.

Over 100 people gathered on valentines day outside of the NS Market on SE Division in Portland Or to stand in solidarity and for the just rehiring of a worker - labor activist (Ryan Gaughan) who was fired for a petty issue. Ryan was involved with organizing for workers rights, safety and labor issues at New Seasons where he was employed. He recently had been participating in "coffee talks" where management and workers discuss common important work issues together. Ryan was terminated [for what appears obvious to anyone who looks into this,] for his strong involvement in organizing at his job site, where he has worked at for over 9 years {7 years at this store on Division that terminated him.} Ryan, the community New Seasons customers, friends and labor activists are all asking management to give him his job back.
Ryan G Solidarity Rally outside of New Season Market on 2.14.12
Ryan G Solidarity Rally outside of New Season Market on 2.14.12
The management of "the friendliest store in town" was anything but friendly last week to one of its longest serving employees. Until last Tuesday, Ryan Gaughan was employed for 9.5 years at the New Seasons Market Seven Corners Store in Southeast Portland.

While New Season Market management cite theft as the motivation behind their decision to terminate Gaughan, co-workers and community members held a rally and press conference on 2/14 to state why they believe the firing was in retaliation for voicing concerns about working conditions.

Speeches, Rally, Petition Delivered to front door, Interview with Ryan, and scenes from the sidewalk and concerned citizens and customers. Peaceful protest, no police or rude security guards.

Rehire Ryan - A rally outside of New Season Market on 2.14.12.
(25 minute video)

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