A worker who says he was fired from the Broadway Subway shop tells CHS he was singled out and targeted for participating in the recent fast food strike and a push for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle.
Carlos Hernandez, featured in our coverage of the August 29th rally and march starting at Pillars Park, tells CHS he was fired for giving a customer “free product” — in this case, a free cookie given to a kid — at the Broadway shop. Good Jobs Seattle and other activist groups rallied this past weekend outside the Broadway Subway in support of Hernandez.
Hernandez says he would like his job back.
“I want to go back there,” Hernandez said. “I want to show [other workers] that they will not be retaliated against.”
A Good Jobs representative tells CHS they are not aware of any other workers targeted for participating in the most recent labor protests to target Seattle’s fast food industry.
CHS attempted to contact Subway and the Broadway shop owner Hasan Zeer about the situation but have not yet heard back. A representative for the national Subway franchise business said our inquiry would be referred to regional offices but did not provide contact information.
Hernandez said he has given kids free cookies in the past, always paying for it out of tips but neglected to do so in the incident following the August 29th rally because the shop was busy at the time.
“I told him this is not the reason you are firing me,” Hernandez says of his dismissal.
“I went to strike two times. I don’t like injustice,” he said.
Hernandez says his situation is “a good opportunity to change something” and that he hopes politicians like Mayor Mike McGinn and his challenger Ed Murray will do more than just say they support workers.
For now, Hernandez continues his hope of getting his job back on Broadway or at one of the other Subway shops Zeer operates around Capitol Hill, First Hill and downtown. He also plans to continue supporting Socialist candidate for City Council Kshama Sawant and her fight for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle.
“I will show people that they can definitely speak up,” Hernandez said.