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4/14/06-Tyler

Undocumented Workers Pick Up Their Last Paycheck

The undocumented workers fired in Lindale after missing work Monday because of an immigration rally, picked up their last paycheck today. Twenty men and women arrived at Benchmark Manufacturing this afternoon.

Earlier this week, a company spokesman told us the workers violated their unauthorized absence policy when they skipped work to attend the rally. The workers told us it's been tough being fired for many reasons. "It's sad, because I had gotten used to working here at the plant and I liked my job," said Ana Delia Aguirre, who worked at Benchmark Manufacturing for one year.

"You know how high bills are, how high everything is. I pay $600 in rent and I don't know what I'm going to do," said Rosa Noriega, 37, a mother of five.

"We knew that one day we would leave here, but never under these circumstances, and much less for this reason," said Maria Rodriguez, who worked at Benchmark for four years.

The workers say their supervisors knew they would not be going to work to attend the march, but were never told that missing work could get them fired.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com

 

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