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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:46 PM

Fast-food striker fired — but not for long

Source: Salon.com

By Josh Eidelson

Friday, 200-some New York City fast food workers returned to work after pulling off an unprecedented strike against one of the country’s largest and lowest-paying industries. They didn’t return alone – the strikers were escorted back into their stores by squads of supporters designed to discourage managers from retaliating. And organizers say the fast food companies so far haven’t tried to punish strikers, with one dramatic exception: A Wendy’s store that told a woman she was fired, then backed down after the store was occupied and picketed by activists, community leaders, and a member of the City Council.

According to Councilmember Jumanne Williams, 10 out of 11 strikers were allowed to resume work when they arrived at Brooklyn’s 425 Fulton Street Wendy’s, but management told the eleventh that she was being fired for absenteeism. Williams said that workers provided management with written notice that they were striking Thursday, but a manager claimed not to have received it. “We tried to speak with the general manager that was there, and he wasn’t forthcoming in talking to me,” said Williams. “So I decided to ask all of the customers that were there if they would leave in support of the worker that was fired. That did happen – they left. We began to protest in the store.”

More community leaders, including the heads of the New York Working Families Party (WFP) and the group United New York, were called in to join the chanting protesters in occupying the store. When police showed up and asked them to leave, said Williams, they began a vigorous picket on the sidewalk. “A good amount of people did decide not to go into that Wendy’s,” said Williams. “Which we were very proud of.”

Eventually, said Williams, the store manager agreed to meet: “He said he could talk to the public officials, but not to anyone associated with the organizers” of the strike. WFP Executive Director Dan Cantor, who was in the meeting with Williams and the manager, said it seemed the manager had been “following company policy” by initially firing the woman, “and then he reversed it.” Both men said that by the time they left the store, the previously-fired striker was getting ready to start her shift.

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Reply Fast-food striker fired — but not for long (Original post)
Omaha Steve Dec 2012 OP
cspanlovr Dec 2012 #1
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #3
roguevalley Dec 2012 #11
Cal Carpenter Dec 2012 #2
annabanana Dec 2012 #4
struggle4progress Dec 2012 #5
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #6
ReRe Dec 2012 #7
freshwest Dec 2012 #8
sheshe2 Dec 2012 #10
Ken Burch Dec 2012 #9
jrandom421 Dec 2012 #12

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 06:06 PM

1. they got the guns but we got the numbers

as someone once said.

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Response to cspanlovr (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:10 PM

3. Excellent example of how persistent organizing can work.

But those supporters need to plan to come back after the woman is fired for some other reason in a few weeks, because that is how management plays.

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Response to cspanlovr (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:20 AM

11. actually, that is a flaw in the overlord's plans, hugging the second amendment so hard

we have the numbers AND the guns. Yay, us.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 06:47 PM

2. So cool

It is great to see this outpouring of support for workers who are trying to organize. There are a lot of industries where the sense of solidarity and class consciousness necessary to get this done is not exactly overflowing.

But the public support from other unionized workers and those who just understand that all workers deserve better is just amazing. It has to be strengthening the resolve among the people who are organizing within the stores and those who are too intimidated to join in.

Maybe I am overstating all this but it seems very, very important to me.

And thanks, Omaha Steve, for always keeping the Labor in LBN

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:38 PM

4. In Union There Is Strength

t'was ever thus

Huzzah!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:52 PM

5. Solidarity: it's actually effective! Really!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:02 PM

6. k&r

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:18 PM

7. K&R

Thanks so much for this news... It made my day!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:49 PM

8. Kudos to the people of New York CIty! So proud of the spirit of the people there!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:43 PM

10. Solidarity!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:41 PM

9. Now and then, the workers win one. n/t.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 02:38 PM

12. There is not enough bullets in the gun

Or fences high enough to prevent hungry, angry, desperate people with nothing to lose from taking what they need.

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