Let us gather to support dozens of courageous ex-workers of the DoBake factory, fired through an I-9 audit or "silent raid," but now refusing to go quietly. This will be their first press conference since the silent raid.
Added to the calendar on Friday Apr 26th, 2013 3:13 PM
Dobake Bakery Inc supplies major clients including the Oakland Unified School District, 7-Eleven, Food Max, Grocery Outlet, and Safeway. The stand these workers take is a stand for undocumented workers throughout California and the United States — used, abused, exploited and deported. This is the root of any true "immigration reform": everyday people organizing to stand up to the assaults of employers and their government enablers.
Dobake Bakeries Inc
810 81st Ave, Oakland, California 94621-2510
April 29th Monday at 11:00am
Victims of Silent Ice Raids under the Governments Unsecure communities lets stand in solidarity with our Hermanos y Hermanas.
When DoBake industrial bakery suddenly fired 125 workers through an I-9 audit, perhaps they were eager to rid themselves of a troublesome element that could interfere with profits. Some workers who had toiled in the factory for 10, 15, or even 20 years were starting to ask for better wages and conditions. On the subject of the I-9 audit, the union that was supposed to represent the workers didn't make a peep: didn't even warn the workers that the firings were coming. When 50 workers pressed the union reps on why they didn't at least call a meeting, the response was: "Each worker's situation is different."
In abrupt joblessness, the workers seem to have found a certain commonality. Also, too, in the opportunity to take a stand and fight back: in dignity and resistance.
A RECORD HIGH IN SILENT RAIDS NATIONALLY:
The former DoBake workers are not alone in their experience: far from it. In 2012 The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) hit a record high of I-9 audits: more than 3,000. DoBake workers are joined by former workers of Berkeley Pacific Steel, who were also fired by the hundreds after their union successfully went on strike for better benefits. Fights like the DoBake fight are about people's basic needs of jobs and dignity, but they are also about a larger movement around immigrant rights (or lack thereof) and hyper-exploitation in this country.
THE FIRST PUBLIC ACTION:
Come join the ex-workers of DoBake for a special press conference, on the very same day that their spineless union reps, of BTCGM Local 125, will begin contract negotiations with the company. The workers and community will join together to remind the company *and* the union that this injustice will not be swept under the rug.