Some Alsip Workers Who Complained About Checks Get Sacked

ALSIP (CBS) — They spoke out against their company to get a month of back pay.  Now, at least 19 workers at Alsip’s Consumer Product Services plant got their pink slips.

Was it retaliation?  CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov asked employees and company officials.

“It’s a big smack in the face,”  Chris Kroplewski said Monday.

He is one of the workers who stood up for himself, only to get laid off.  Fellow employee Richard Hermosillo says they don’t regret making their case public.  But they can’t believe how they’ve been treated.

Andres Restrepo says he believes it was retaliation.

Restrepo and the others say ultimately they got their money, worked for a few more days and then were told by a manager, who read called some employees to say there would be “no work until further notice.”

Restrepo says new employees have replaced laid-off workers.

The company even called police on the group as they stood across the street.

CPS Operations Vice-President Robert Madden flatly denies the retaliation claim.  He says workers were paid for time on the clock plus 20 additional hours for their inconvenience.  He adds the company has financial difficulties, is reorganizing its Alsip plant and says the lack of work there is due to last month’s negative publicity.

Madden adds he hopes to add more workers soon and says some of those laid off may be brought back.

Madden also says ex-employees have threatened the facility and the manager recently.   Workers say they know nothing about that.

  • Gail Upchurch

    This is why and where the government needs to step in. These companies mismanage their funds then its the workers that pay the price by getting cheated out of their pay and benefits. There doing this kind of laying off and hiring new people all over the new people come in at a lower wage and its not right

  • Mr Voter

    these jerks could not be happy with a job in these hard times….so now go on welfare …they could have TRYED to talk and work things out with the owner or bosses, now ….tuff luck, 20 illegals will be working there in the summer for half wages……and you wonder who is taking the jobs! Just think how many illgal invaders have jobs Americans can be workiing.

  • Roxane

    Mr Voter hasn’t been keeping up. Prior reports indicate they came off unemployment to a job & were happy to have the job. Only problem was that the COMPANY WOULD NOT PAY THEM FOR 4-5 WEEKS at a time. Can YOU eat, get gas, budge, pay rent, etc WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW IF OR WHEN YOU’LL GET PAID?? I highly doubt illegals will take over the job. This company is obviously under a watchful eye. Maybe YOU should get a job there & see how you like NOT gettin a paycheck FOR OVER A MONTH & that PAYCHECK you finally do get BOUNCES!!

  • Rick

    People shouldn’t have to beg to get paid. We have laws in place for that. They should take them to court & collect all possible damages for that. They company obviously is breaking employment laws,. They should pay the price for the things they do to hard working people

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