By Mike Colgan

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Former Mi Pueblo supermarket workers in San Jose are embarking on a two-day hunger strike to protest what they say are unjust firings of 300 workers. Mi Pueblo is a San Jose-based Latino supermarket chain with 3,000 employees total.

Many employees, including forklift operator Antonio Martinez, claim they were let go without notice.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

”There is no way to feed my family and I’ve got five kids, and my wife,” said Martinez. “I have to find a new job. That’s why I’m here, because I need my job back.”

Unfortunately for those workers, the jobs aren’t likely coming back. Company spokeswoman Perla Rodriguez said 150 workers needed to be cut because of the economy.

”In the grocery business we live on very small margins, and it is really up to us to make sure that we’re protecting our company and our workforce,” said Rodriguez. “If we don’t react quickly, we may not be here to tell our story, like PW Markets (which closed) last year or Cosentino’s, or Su Vianda our Latino supermarket competitor.”

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Comments (10)
  1. Brandywine3 says:

    How about the workers that are left, have a fireside chat with the ones that are striking. Perhaps if the strikers could read, they would be contacting their respective congress people. OR READ THIS………..THE BOTTOM LINE HAS REACHED BOTTOM. EITHER DRAW UNEMPLOYMENT OR LOOK FOR OTHER JOBS. McDonald’s is hiring.

  2. lol says:

    lmao @ grocery clerks.

  3. Facebookless says:

    Then why were they recently hiring at one of their story road stores?

  4. allen5ive says:

    How do you let someone go “without notice”

  5. pullout says:

    Antonio are we suppose to feel sorry for you cause you have 5 kids and probally a wife that collects state aid with free medical and grocery assistance. Next time put a condom on

  6. peterGriffen says:

    Yes get unemployment great idea posters cause all i need is to support more deadbeats

  7. Billie says:

    In this economy people are being let go everywhere, including people who have been working at the same job for 10 or 15 years. It is truly unfortunate but unavoidable, and as far as being let go without notice, in the retail world it is not only common but necessary. Too many opportunities to `take compensation’ prior to your final day. Not all people are honest.

  8. Albert Jarw says:

    Any business should give a notice that layoffs were coming. Most companies know weeks in advance that profits are down. Just look at the economy in the area since late 2008.
    Boo on the company for using poor judgment and not giving some idea as to the effect laying off so many in one time.
    Some companies try this asking if every employee would work fewer hours per week to keep as many people on the job.

  9. r says:

    if you’re between the age of 18-28 join one of our military branches, if you have kids and spouse they’ll be taken care of, given a career path, money for college, the only thing is it’s 4 year minimum, but at least there’s honor in it

  10. HooDatIS? says:


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