A May Day Story

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from today's Boston Globe:

At Michael Bianco Inc., a New Bedford company that sews army vests
and backpacks, half of the 425 workers, mostly from Central America,
showed up.

The company owner was unavailable for comment, but
manager Gloria Melo said workers originally were told that if they
didn't show up they'd be fired.

''They asked last week about
missing work today, and they were told, 'We might not have a job for
you if you don't come to work,' " she said. ''They had a big meeting
and called the owner, and they said they would like him to support them
in this and the owner said OK. They were going to do it anyway. If it
were just five people, that would be one thing. We can't fire all of
them."