Fifteen farm workers in California who had no choice but to flee indoors to escape the smoke and ash descending upon them from the massive wildfire burning nearby were summarily terminated the following day.
The next day, May 3rd, they were handed their pink slips.
Though the workers were not officially members, representatives from the United Farm Workers union agreed to speak to the farm on their behalf.
Citing a union rule that prohibits workers from being forced to work "under conditions where they feel his life or health is in danger," the union reps managed to persuade the farm to rehire the fired employees.
However, all but one had since found work at other farms and did not return.