Community Recycling Workers Protest

Workers Are Angry County Shutdown Facility

Workers from Community Recycling are mad about losing their jobs and they blame county supervisors. Meanwhile, a community job fair reaches out to those workers.

Dozens of Community Recycling workers protested outside the county supervisors building today. They say their jobs were safe and they would rather be working than collecting unemployment.

The protesters say the county supervisors took the easy way out when they closed Community Recycling.

"I think the way they did solved a lot of problems but, it’s causing more problems because we are out of work," said Community Recycling worker Juan Angulo.

They say the county should have added more safety regulations but left the facility open.

"Who says we are not safe? We don’t need Michael Rubio to come tell us that our jobs are unsafe. We are not ignorant, and we are not children," said Community Recycling worker Joanne Avalos.

They say the deaths of two workers in October were tragic, but just an accident.

"Injuries happen at every job. There was an injury that happened in the oil fields they didn't close down no oil fields. Last year, there were people who died out on the farm from the heat. They didn't close down no farmers," Avalos said.

At the same time the protest was happening, there was a job fair being held in Arvin. Protesters told us they weren't at the job fair because they don’t think their skills match the jobs available.

"I think a lot of people here are not going to qualify for those jobs and I don’t think that I myself am going to have an opportunity there. I don’t think they are going to offer what Community Recycling is offering now like our health insurance and other benefits," Angulo said.

"We did try to get employers who would provide those types of jobs that would be transferable to them. We do have some warehouse worker jobs and some laborer type jobs that are available," said Verna Lewis of the Career Services Center.

Workers we spoke to say Community Recycling will close in just over three weeks.

"We are going to be right on Christmas without a job and trying to save as much as we can to get by before I get another job," Angulo said.

“We won’t have a Christmas. How am I going to explain that to my kids and my grandkids? I don’t know," Avalos said.

The Career Services Center says Community Recycling workers can come to their office at Cottonwood and Belle Terrace for help finding a job or to get job training.

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