Solidarity for Fired Union Activist

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Letta Dee  CHICAGO, IL
Brinks Armored Trucking terminated Darletta Scruggs, a 15 Now activist and single mother, for organizing a strike of 50 drivers and messengers as part of the April 15th National Day of Action for $15 and a Union. Brinks can’t be allowed to threaten workers with financial ruin for standing up for their rights on the job. Let Brinks know we have Darletta’s back! Show your solidarity by signing the petition and making a donation to Darletta’s defense campaign today. All funds raised raised beyond meeting Darletta's immediate needs will go to support the Brinks workers' union drive.

Darletta's Story 

I worked as a route coordinator at Brinks on the West side of Chicago since August 2014. Despite being the single mother of a three year old child, I was required to work a minimum of 50 hours a week. I was often told not to leave the building for my lunch break.

Brinks pays most of its workers way under $15/hour, and taken away our annual raises, even though the company made $3.5 billion last year. Brinks cut workers' overtime pay last year, even though most workers work up to 16 hour days, often with no breaks. Then earlier this year, they took away workers' earned vacation time, implementing an accrue-as-you-go policy with no compensation for time that workers had saved under the old system. So when I told my co-workers about the April 15th national strike for $15 and a union, they were ready for action. Things got organized in just three days, and a big majority of the drivers and messengers walked out on April 15th!

I was targeted and fired just one week after our successful strike. Management gave no official communication as to why I was fired, but repeatedly intimidated and threatened me for supporting the drive for union recognition. Because I was a dispatcher and paid a salary instead of hourly pay, Brinks labels me as “management” and says I don’t have legal protection to fight for my rights or be represented by a union. But we’ve filed a legal challenge with the NLRB challenging their definition of management and their unjust decision to fire me.

Since the strike, a majority of Brinks drivers and messengers have signed union cards, but management refuses to recognize the union or negotiate. Instead they are using the leverage of the economic hardship they can inflict on employees through reduced hours or termination. We must not allow companies like Brinks to just fire someone for speaking up against unfair working conditions or intimidate workers into submission while they pocket millions. We must fight back!

Brinks provides service for many banks like Chase and Bank Of America, and large corporations like Walmart and McDonalds, companies known for opposing workers rights. It is time that workers are paid adequately and big businesses are held accountable for worker exploitation and intimidation tactics. That’s why I got active with 15 Now. 

 We need to fight, because MONEY IS NOT MORE VALUABLE THAN HUMAN LIVES!!!
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Update 6
Posted by Socialist Alternative Chicago
20 months ago
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Unfortunately the NLRB ruled against my case but through hard work and dedication the workers have an election for July 28th to vote for union recognition!!! This is great news for the workers as we fight for better working conditions and higher wages even though I won't directly benefit.
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Update 5
Posted by Socialist Alternative Chicago
21 months ago
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Just received notice that the investigation with the NLRB is being completed. Hopeful to have a verdict by the end of the month. Mean while cards have been submitted for the workers to have an election to vote for a union. We will continue to fight back!
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Update 3
Posted by Socialist Alternative Chicago
22 months ago
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Thank you all for the support and kind words. We will continue to fight against intimidation tactics from big businesses in the effort to keep people like myself quiet. Working people will not be silenced!
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$1,105 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 22 months
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Created May 11, 2015
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Andrew Kamienski
11 months ago
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Theodore Bagg
17 months ago
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20 months ago
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oren gersten
21 months ago
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22 months ago
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22 months ago
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22 months ago
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Gregory Redfeairn
22 months ago

Thank you for supporting a union. I was a messenger back in the day so I get it. Now I'm a proud CTU member. Stay strong!

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