Dear friends, allies, and supporters,
In June 2014, two Filipino immigrant workers, Bernadette De Leon and Yolando Simon, approached Anakbayan New Jersey to solicit assistance on their abrupt termination from jobs they had held for years at Alaris Health at the Fountains- South Campus in Secaucus, NJ.
The workers were suspended based on an unsubstantiated accusation of stealing frozen food items from the facility. No proper investigation was conducted to prove the accusation beyond reasonable doubt.
With more than 20,000 Filipinos in Hudson County alone, Anakbayan New Jersey and Filipino Immigrants and Workers Organizing Project anticipate that there are more Filipino workers who have yet to come out with their experiences facing discrimination, exploitation, and unsafe working environments. The upcoming actions are a declaration to all workers that they have rights we can fight for together as a community.
Please respond if you can participate in any or both of the following actions around this campaign by Monday, January 12, 5pm. Thank you for your support!
WHO: Anakbayan New Jersey, Filipino Immigrants and Workers Organizing Project, Bernadette De Leon, Yolando Simon, and the community at large
WHAT: Picket in protest of Patricia Meyer, Administrator of Alaris Health at the Fountains- South Campus, for the unjust termination of dietary workers, Bernadette De Leon and Yolando Simon. This action will be followed by a press conference the next day, announcing the outcome of Bernadette and Yolando’s arbitration hearing.
Picket on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 11am-12pm: The picket will be held in front of Alaris Health at the Fountains- South Campus, which is located at 505 County Avenue, Secaucus, NJ 07094
Press Conference on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 11am-12pm : The press conference will be held at Rutgers University, Hill Hall Room 102, 360 ML King Jr Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102
WHY: Bernadette and Yolando, both Filipino workers, were suspended indefinitely without just cause on May 29, 2014 in violation of their rights.
Bernadette and Yolando were long term, reliable, hard-working employees of Alaris Health at the Fountains- South Campus. Their unjust suspension and eventual termination caused undue emotional distress and financial hardship to them and their families.
Community advocates are urging friends, family, and concerned members of the NJ community to stand with Bernadette and Yolando, ensure justice and dignity for immigrant workers, and express the following demands:
We demand that Bernadette De Leon and Yolando Simon’s names be cleared of the accusation by conducting a credible investigation
We demand that Bernadette De Leon and Yolando Simon’s employment be reinstated at Alaris Health at the Fountains- South Campus
We demand that Alaris Health at the Fountains – South Campus issue a public letter of apology to Bernadette De Leon and Yolando Simon
We demand that Alaris Health at the Fountains – South Campus pay Bernadette De Leon and Yolando Simon full back wages from May 29 to present for their unjust suspension
We demand that Patricia Meyer, the Administrator of Alaris Health at the Fountains – South Campus at the time of the said grievance be terminated for her unfair treatment of Bernadette De Leon and Yolando Simon
For more information, contact us at 347 829 9802 , email filipinoIWOproject@gmail.com , or visit: www.filipinoimmigrantsworkers.wordpress.com