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Some construction workers, mostly Latino, are striking against Wings Enterprises Inc., an iron work subcontractor. The workers claim Wings management ignores their rights.

Jayash Rotodeny, an attorney for the group, says these workers, many of whom speak no English, may not be aware of their rights and are less willing to stand up for them.

"Some employers are aware of that, and so employers can make a choice of educating their workers and doing the right thing, or they can take advantage of the situation," he says.

In a statement released by the firm, Wings President Jean Wanner said in part, "...Wings operates in good faith compliance with all applicable laws."

CORRECTION: The original version of this story incorrectly linked the protest to a 2010 National Labor Relations Board complaint against Wings Enterprises Inc. which was withdrawn as part of a settlement.


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