The union released a statement on Friday, Oct. 18 stating thatthe fired W&M worker "lost his job two days after talking witha union organizer." The statement continued, "Other workers werethreatened with firing by a supervisor after she saw them speakingwith organizers and a striker from another building."

Jeffrey Newman, executive vice president of W&M Properties,says, "Those allegations are completely false. Nobody has beenfired. Certainly not anyone with any activity relative to anyunion."

Newman confirms that several janitorial workers (who were notmembers of Local 531) walked off their jobs last week. "We wishedno one had left, but we did hire replacements to have our buildingcleaned," he says.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.