Up to seven members of the Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich establishment Worker's Union were fired Tuesday and Wednesday for delivering hundreds of posters arguing that the establishment puts customers at risk of food-borne illness.
The members were fired from five Twin Cities locations after their campaign for paid sick days.
Minnesota Daily reports that the unpaid sick days "force" employees to come in sick, and put the customers at risk.
"The workers were fired for putting up the posters, which "impermissibley disparage our product by telling customers that eating a Jimmy John's sandwich will put them at risk of contracting food-borne illness," said franchise owner Mike Mulligan , according to City Pages.
Several of the fired employees had comments about their termination which some members said their actions were legally protected because they were organizing for higher wages.
Union member David Boeh said " We were fired for saying g we want better conditions for ourselves," reports Minnesota Daily.
Minnesota Daily -Hard Copy March 24, 2011