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Community Calls on Atria Lynbrook to Bring Back Fired Worker, Stop Discrimination and Harassment
Date:12/11/2007

Long Island Community, Worker Rights Advocates, Religious Leader Call for Reinstatement of Worker Fired on Thanksgiving Day at Candlelight Vigil

LYNBROOK, N.Y., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local community and worker rights advocates joined assisted living workers for a candlelight vigil at 2:30 p.m. across the street from Atria Lynbrook assisted living, 100 Peninsula Blvd., today. They gathered to support workers who have been harassed for their efforts to improve conditions for workers and residents by forming a union at Atria.

"I was fired because I want a voice on the job," said Radika Munna. "Atria needs to listen to workers so that residents get the care, staffing, and services they deserve. We're forming a union for a voice in care for residents and working conditions for workers."

After 10 years on the job in the kitchen at Atria Lynbrook, Radika Munna was fired on Thanksgiving Day. Radika had been a leader among workers at Atria Lynbrook who have been struggling to form a union for a voice in care for residents and in working conditions for the staff. Instead of listening to workers, Atria Lynbrook is intimidating, harassing and disciplining employees for trying to form a union, even using immigration status to bully pro-union workers.

"Atria is targeting workers who have been there for years because of their pro-union activity, and because of their race," said Chuck Mohan, President of Guyanese-American Workers United. "It's unacceptable. It may be putting residents at risk by taking away experienced workers, and it definitely offends this community."

Another Atria Lynbrook employee, Chanmattie Kandasami, detailed how Atria sent her home saying she could not work there while her green card was being renewed. This is in direct conflict with letters she received from immigration officials and advocates, which state that she is free to continue working during this process. Ms. Kandasami has been a voca
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