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Chandler restaurant fires workers for protesting immigration law

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Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:16 am | Updated: 5:26 pm, Wed Jun 30, 2010.

Miss work, get fired. That's what happened to 12 workers at a Chandler Pei Wei (pay way) restaurant after they failed to show up May 29.

The 12 took the day off to protest against Arizona's strict immigration enforcement law.

Pei Wei spokesman Peter Marino said the 12 violated an established company policy by failing to give notice and choosing not to show up.

The 12 work as cooks, dishwashers and busers. Of the 12, ten are men and two are women.

The fired workers were nonunion. However, an organization called the Industrial Workers of the World is giving moral and financial support to the fired workers.

The union accuses Pei Wei of selective enforcement of its attendance policy.

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