May 13, 2013
On May 2, strawberry pickers near a wildfire in California were caught in showers of ash so thick they could not breathe. They had to leave the fields and find cleaner air. But their foreman said they would be fired if they left.
Sure enough, the next day they were fired when they returned to work.
After some publicity and the help of the United Farm Workers, the 15 were offered their jobs back. However, a Crisalida Farms agent defended the firings, saying that the workers left without permission, while orders still needed to be filled.
Whether it’s a collapsing factory in Bangladesh, or a strawberry field in California, the bosses sound the same.