Kansas Donut Shop Walkout – Wage Theft Soars During Pandemic – Bitter End to Chicago Mechanics Strike

Aerospace workers in Burbank, California went on strike yesterday (UAW Local 2825)

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LaMar’s Donut Shop Workers Walk Out 

In the suburbs of Kansas City in Overland Park, donut workers at LaMar’s Donuts walked out in protest over poor treatment and being “strained and stretched thin.” 

Many employees said tips weren’t being divided evenly amongst workers, leaving many workers short on paychecks. 

“There was stuff going on with the petty cash because nothing was getting documented. It was disappearing,” Lindsay Dube told WFLA. 

For management to re-open the store, they were forced to fly in workers from their locations in Denver

For more, check out WDAF. 

Wage Theft Skyrockets During the Pandemic 

One of the factors driving the retail workers’ walkout is wage theft, such as with Lamar’s Donuts in Kansas City.

In fact, as retailers struggle to find workers to fill jobs, workers are saying they are experiencing even more wage theft.

According to a new report released by the national organization One Fair Wage, 34% of restaurant workers reported experiencing more wage theft in 2021 than in 2020 and 75% said their tips decreased during the pandemic.

Additionally, a little more than half of the restaurant workers (54%) reported an increase in harassment and hostility from patrons, particularly over the implementation of COVID safety protocols. 

For more, check out the full report by One Fair Wage. 

Chicago Mechanics’ Strike Ends After 8 Weeks

For eight weeks, more than 800 mechanics, members of the Machinists union, have been on strike at car dealerships around the Chicago area. 

Now, the strike is over after the union voted narrowly to approve a new contract. 

More than 120 dealerships during the strike broke ranks with the New Car Dealer Committee and signed their own separate side deals with union members, frustrating many union members who felt they were forced to take a bad deal. 

“The membership just narrowly passed the acceptance of the offer,” Ronnie Gonzalez, a spokesman for Automobile Mechanics’ Local 701, told the Chicago Tribune. “The disappointment by those voting against the offer is as a result of being on strike for eight weeks while over 120 dealers not in the NCDC association ratified virtually the same deal without having to go out on strike.”

For more, check out The Chicago Tribune. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of the late Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his $70,000 NLRB settlement from being fired in the union drive at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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