On Dia de Los Muertos, Clinica de Salud del Valle workers and community supporters held a candlelight vigil for unjustly fired workers in Salinas Nov. 1.
Earlier this year, workers at Clinica de Salud del Valle organized to join SEIU 521. Now they’re bargaining their first contract, while enduring retaliation for their union involvement.
So far, six women at Clinica de Salud have been unjustly fired as retaliation for participation in their union, including two bargaining team members.
On Nov. 1, workers and supporters from the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council held a candlelight vigil in Salinas to show support for the Clinica workers.
“Salinas Valley clinic network in labor dispute,” published in the Monterey County Herald, Oct. 31, 2012.
Gina Izquierdo, a 26-year-old medical assistant, had been working at Clinica de Salud for more than 13 months when she was fired in June for what she believes was her union organizing.
“I was actually one of the first leaders there to get fired,” Izquierdo said. “There was no investigation, I was just fired. That’s why we’re seeking justice and transparency in discipline and discharges. We’re looking for justice.”