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Employees at Portland's Voodoo Doughnut fired after walkout during heat wave

Staff reportedly walked out of the shop Sunday afternoon, and planned to return to work Tuesday.
Credit: KGW
Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon.

PORTLAND, Ore — Three employees at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland were reportedly fired this week after they walked out during the Pacific Northwest heat wave.

The Oregonian/Oregon Live reports that on-duty staff walked out of the shop Sunday afternoon, and planned to return to work Tuesday. That's according to a statement from Doughnut Workers United, which had unsuccessfully attempted to unionize staff at the location earlier this year. 

A Voodoo Doughnut spokesperson declined to discuss the firings but said the store was air-conditioned and measures were taken to address the heat, including providing employees extended or additional breaks, and shifting production to early morning and late evening hours.

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