Comite de Defensa del Trabajador – Worker Defense Committee


Over $18,000 worth of tools reclaimed in Issaquah – 3.20.2009
March 22, 2009, 12:45 am
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En febrero, un mecanico salió del trabajo. Su patrón supo negó de regresar las herramientas del trabajador (que valen más que $19,000). También, negó de dar al trabajador su ultimo cheque. Cuando el trabajador regresó al taller del patrón una semana despues de cuando salió para cobrar el dinero y llevar sus herramientas, el patrón llamó al alguacil y el alguacil le dió un ticket para allanamiento. El trabajador pensó que nunca iba a ver sus herramientas jamas, porque el patrón dijo que iba a llamar a la migra si regresaría.

El trabajador llegó al CDT hace dos semanas, porque quería hacer una estrategía de reclamar sus herramientas, sin usar la policia. Negociamos con el patrón y él aprobó que iba a regresar todas las herramientas y el pago. En los días antes de nuestra visita, el patrón amenazó al trabajador varias veces, a veces usando otros empleados, y dijo que iba a llamar a la migra si el CDT viniera. A pesar de las amenazas, el trabajador quiso seguir con el plan de reclamar lo que le debía.

Despues de una llamada al patrón y una visita a su oficina, donde reiteramos que pasaría si el no regresaría todas las herramientas, el patrón decidió de pagar al trabajador todo lo que le debí y de devolver las herramientas. Despues de una hora de trabajo duro, en la lluvia dura de la primavera, el trabajador salió del lugar con mas que 1000 libras de herramientas y su cheque final.

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In February, an auto body mechanic quit his job. His boss, knowing that he was losing a good worker, refused to return the worker’s tools (worth over $19,000) to him. He also refused to give the worker his final pay check. When the worker returned to the boss’s house a week after quitting, in an attempt to claim his tools, the boss called the sheriff and had the worker trespassed from his property. The worker thought his tools were lost to him, as the employer refused to talk to him and threatened to call ICE if the worker returned to his property.

The worker came to the Worker Defense Committee two weeks ago, hoping to figure out a way to claim his tools without having to tangle more with cops. We negotiated with the employer and got him to agree to surrender the tools he was holding hostage. In the days leading up to our visit to Issaquah, in a move both unsportsmanlike and illegal, the employer made a number of calls to the worker, threatening that, if the worker or the Worker Defense Committee were to show up at his shop, the boss would call ICE. Despite the employer’s efforts to intimidate the worker, the worker decided to continue with the plan to go to the boss’s house and reclaim what was owed him.

After a call to the boss and a visit to his office, where we let the employer know what he could look forward to if he continued with his refusal to give the worker what he was owed, the boss agreed to pay the worker his final pay check, and to return to the worker his tools. An hour later, in the hard spring rain, the worker drove away with more than 1000 pounds of equipment and his final paycheck.


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