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For second time this month, Omni workers protest in downtown Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the second time in a month, construction workers at the Omni site in downtown Louisville walked off the job Friday.

A labor attorney for the immigrant workers said contractor Brasfield and Gorrie plans to fire all locally hired help come July, a move the workers say they were blindsided by and intend to change.

The group of drywallers, stud installers and finishers were at the corner of Third Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard making their voices heard all day. 

Attorneys said the contractor intends to only keep employees they brought with them from Georgia. Workers responded by saying the move is discrimination, and they also suspect it's retaliation for their protests last month over wages.

:"They're punishing them, and it's illegal," said labor attorney David Suetholz. "So today's protest strike is to protest those threats."

"At the end of the day, we know we fighting for what is it right: for all the people," said Luis Estrada, who protested Friday. "Not just some people. We are not asking for something we don't deserve."

The protesters are in this for the long hall, promising to stay on the picket line as long as it takes for change.

Brasfield and Gorrie for comment did not respond to a request for comment.

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