S.C. Ruby Tuesday Workers Walk Out – Missouri Retail Workers Fired for Striking – 1st Arizona Restaurant Workers Union Launched

Ruby Tuesday's employees strike in Florence, South Carolina (Carlos Flores/WPDE)


Greetings from the Burgh, where police were called to a local Burger King after the store employees suddenly walked off. More from WTAE on that. 

Kitchen Staff at Famous Pittsburgh Bar “ Squirrel Hill Cafe” Quit-En-Masse 

In Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” episode on Pittsburgh, he stops in the famous Pittsburgh landmark Squirrel Hill Cafe, also known to many as “The Cage.” The bar is known for having some of the best and cheapest burgers in Pittsburgh. 

However, Payday Report has learned that the entire kitchen staff quit earlier this month at “The Cage” after management refused to raise wages above $12 an hour. With a fluid labor market, many of the kitchen workers were able to find higher-paid jobs elsewhere. 

South Carolina Ruby Tuesday Workers Walk Out 

In Florence, South Carolina, Ruby Tuesday workers decided to walk out on Monday, complaining about being poorly paid and underappreciated. 

“There’s a lot of stuff that these workers have been going through in the past year that no one wants to pay attention to,” Ruby Tuesday worker Bryce Green told WPDE. 

For more, check out WDPE. 

Missouri Restaurant Workers Fired for Walkout 

In the small southwestern Missouri city of Springfield, over a dozen staff at Aviary Cafe walked out protesting understaffing on Monday. 

“Our last straw was when our management team left in the middle of a Saturday lunch rush (not the first time that’s happened) and left their understaffed employees to run their restaurant for them during one of the busiest days of the week,” wrote Aviary kitchen worker Perry Ashlock on Facebook. “The whole intention with our walk out [Sunday] was to let them understand what it was like to be left understaffed during a crisis situation.” 

Afterward, all the workers, who were non-union, were fired. 

For more, check out the Springfield News-Leader. 

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Tucson Restaurant Workers Move to Create First Restaurant Workers Union in Arizona

In Tucson, Arizona, Prep & Pastry restaurant workers are trying to form the first union for restaurant workers in the state. 

“For too long we’ve been undervalued and overworked, and we’re not getting the benefits that we deserve, we work really hard,” Spyncer Wilson, a line cook at Prep & Pastry, told KOLD. 

For more, check out KOLD. 

200 Chicago Nurses Strike 

At Community First Medical Center in Chicago, more than 200 nurses went on a one-day strike Monday to protest poor working conditions. 

“We have asked the hospital to supply us with information on their staffing schedules, and they delayed sharing that information for nearly a year. We have seen the hospital renege on previously agreed upon proposals and we have had hospital negotiators abruptly end negotiations early without cause,” said National Nurses United Kathy Haff in a statement. “We do not want to strike but feel the hospital management has given us no choice.” 

For more, check out the National Nurses United website.

39 Nurses Strike in Boston 

In Boston, another group of 39 Nurses at the Boston Visiting Nurses Association have started a seven-day strike. The strike comes after nurses have struggled for 19 months to win a first contract. 

“We are looking for predictability and reliability, but they want complete discretion,” said Nikki Ducey, a physical therapist, and Massachusetts Nurses Association co-chairperson. “I have been here almost 10 years and they have taken so much away. They took away the retirement match and I have not had a raise in five years. To not know what those benefits will look like from year to year is very discouraging.”

For more, check out the Massachusetts Nurses Association website. 

News Happening Elsewhere

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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