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.
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.
Help Us Continue to Track the Retail Workers Rebellion
Folks, every day we are seeing scores of reports of retail workers walking off across the country. If you see a retail walkout, email us at [email protected]
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.
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.”
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.”
News Happening Elsewhere
- World of Warcraft Players stage in-game sit-in to protest mistreatment of female staff at ActivisionBlizzard; raise money for Black Girls Code.
- Joe Manchin is ghosting the West Virginia union workers whose jobs his daughter helped outsource.
- CNN has an in-depth look at how restaurant workers are quitting en masse.
- Some NYC municipal unions are protesting over the Mayor’s vaccine mandate.
- CUNY employees threaten to strike as questions about COVID-19 safety are not answered by next month’s planned return to campus.
- Custom Hoists union employees in Ohio return to work after a six-week strike.
- Finally, Business Insider has a look at how MacBook repair technicians say their Houston workplace is like a “sweatshop.”
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Love & Solidarity,