Donut Chain Fires Employees For Walking Out Of Its 96 Degree Store During Heat Wave

  • Workers walked out of a donut chain in Portland, Oregon during the city’s record heat wave and the employer retaliated by firing them.
  • Employees said that they had recorded a temperature of 96 degrees inside the store before they had to leave.
  • Doughnut Workers United had unsuccessfully attempted to unionize the staff at that location earlier this year.

Sahid Fawaz from Labor 411 writes:

“Workers walked out of a donut chain in Portland, Oregon during the city’s record heat wave.

They allege workplace temperatures of 96 degrees.

The employer retaliated by firing them.

Oregon Live reports:

“Three employees at the downtown Portland Voodoo Doughnut location were told Tuesday they no longer have a job after they joined a strike during this week’s heat wave, according to the workers.

Most of the Southwest Burnside Street shop’s on-duty staff walked out Sunday at 1 p.m., planning to return to work Tuesday, according to a statement from Doughnut Workers United, which had unsuccessfully attempted to unionize staff at the location earlier this year. Not all staffers walked out, and the store remained open Monday.

Skyler Irvine hadn’t yet started his day’s shift when the other employees walked out but joined the strike Sunday and Monday. Irvine said he felt close to passing out from the heat during his shifts the previous two days. Workers said earlier they had recorded a temperature of 96 degrees inside the store.

After he clocked into work Tuesday and set down his belongings, Irvine said the store’s general manager called him into his office and fired him for an unexcused absence. Two other workers were fired for the same reason, according to the union’s statement…”

See full story here.



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