Politicians and unionists today declared the complaint a bellwether, with repercussions for similar organizing from the Cottage to Flor de Mayo to Ollies to Republic. The NLRB acted swiftly, which shows how egregious the violations are, local assembly member Linda Rosenthal told us. Workers are heartened to see the support.
We were a little sickened to hear the details, which according to Steven Wong of the Chinese Restaurant Workers Anti-Violence Society included 70-hour workweeks with no lunch break and owners forcing workers to pay back lost revenue if they got robbed. This is America, Wong shouted after the politicians had had their say. If they dont change, we will put them on the grill. Now, owners have until October 12 to rehire the workers or otherwise answer the charges: After that, they go before a judge on October 30. The Justice Will Be Served Campaign, which organized the efforts against Saigon Grill, encourages supporters to maintain the boycott. Alec Appelbaum
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