Lose American flag or lose your job? Iron workers stand ground after reported threat

Lose American flag or lose your job? Iron workers stand ground after reported threat

A group of ironworkers and riggers working in Louisiana have been told to remove American flags from their trucks or be terminated.

The decree came from those in charge of the CF Industries fertilizer plant expansion in Donaldsonville, La., on Thursday.

The outraged crew, consisting of Jarome Hatch, Jim Lovel, Trevor Lewis, Robert Griffiths, Cody Johnson and Daryl McEntyre, went to work Friday prepared to lose their jobs but not willing to remove their flags.

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“If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything,” Hatch told BizPac Review. “We are absolutely prepared to lose our jobs to defend the flag, even though what we are doing is nothing compared to (the military) who defend it.”

The men, who are subcontractors for Industrial Piping Incorporated, said they’ve been on the job for months with the flags on their vehicles and no one ever asked for them to be removed until yesterday.

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