Potomac Disposal workers strike in protest against an immigration enforcement threat on Sept. 9, 2013. Photo courtesy of the Laborers' International Union of North America, Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizing Coalition.
About 50 of 57 workers went on strike this past Monday, after finding new I-9 (employment eligibility verification) forms attached to their time cards on Friday, the day after workers signed a letter to management asking for health insurance and higher wages. The I-9 forms were perceived as an immigration threat by the workers, most of whom are Hispanic, Patch reported.
Potomac Disposal is one of three trash collection companies contracted by the county to collect trash and materials for recycling. The company serves residents in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Potomac and Rockville, news media reported.
Potomac Disposal has a $5-million contract with the county. "If Potomac [Disposal] were found to have violated federal or state labor laws, it could be grounds for termination of the contract," The Post reported.