Thursday, December 26, 2013

Have a bite

Do you remember the recent push to get restaurants to start paying workers $15 an hour? Didn't work out so well for one eatery in Chicago:
A Chicago sandwich shop has fired all of its 20 staff over email just two days before Christmas.
Staff at Snarf's Sub Shop in River North received the bad news on Sunday night in a group email notifying them that the drastic action was effective immediately.

The company blamed 'increased competition and losses' for the firings.

Director of operations Doug Besant said in the email the restaurant will likely close for a month as they remodel and reconcept the business into a burger joint.
The staff at Snarf's was looking for a raise back earlier in the month:
The River North Snarf's shop was closed for four days, from December 5 until December 8, as employees went on striking for higher wages and better benefits.

They joined workers of fast-food chains like McDonald's, Subway, Potbelly and others in a broader strike orchestrated by the Worker's Organizing Committee of Chicago.

But the restaurant's director of marketing Jill Preston denied the mass firings were linked to the protests. She said it was due to the slow Christmas season.
Well, I'm sure the Worker's Organizing Committee will step in and help these folks get their jobs back.

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