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Organizers hope hunger strike helps save hotel workers' jobs

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A five-day hunger strike by local hotel workers and community leaders is officially underway.

The protest is taking place in front of the Hilton Mission Valley.

Recently, new owners took over the hotel's management and tried to fire all 110 original hotel employees to replace them with non-union workers. But a civil disobedience protest organized by the hotel workers' union saved those jobs.

Now union leaders say nine employees may lose their jobs because the hotel is using the e-Verify system, which checks the immigration status of workers.

"The goal is to show the hotel and the city that we are against the use of bad immigration policy to retaliate against the workers and see if we can get their jobs back," organizer Anna Marin said.

The hunger strike is scheduled to end Tuesday at noon.

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