March 22, By Hannah Wulkan
Immigrant workers at a Long Island City bakery rallied today after they were threatened with mass firings.
According to workers, Tom Cat Bakery, an industrial bakery at 43-05 10th Street in LIC, threatened about 30 immigrant workers with firings last week following an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security.
The employees said that they were told they would be fired after 10 business days if they did not provide new employment documents indicating they were legally able to work in the US.
“We work hard, pay taxes and have given so much to make Tom Cat into a hugely successful company,” said Sabino Milian, a worker at the factory. “We refuse to be thrown away like the bakery’s garbage, and we will advance forward together.”
The workers are all members of Brandworkers, a non-profit that brings food manufacturing workers together