Sure, it looks calm now. The protesters haven’t shown up yet.Photo: Shanna RavindraBeing lifelong fans of labor strife and (especially) guerrilla street theater, we received this press release with some excitement. We are passing it on without comment, except to ask why this doesn’t happen more often. What could dramatize the struggle of labor versus management better than the preannounced crashing of ritzy parties?
For Immediate Release:
Immigrant Workers to Throw Raucous New Year’s Eve Protest Against Top Rated Seafood Company
WHAT: Immigrant employees of the top-rated seafood wholesaler and retailer, Wild Edibles, will crash the $95 a plate New Year’s Eve party at the Wild Edibles restaurant. Delivering a message of ‘Tame Wild Edibles’, the workers will demand an immediate end to retaliation from their employer.
WHY: The Wild Edibles employees have filed a class action lawsuit for unpaid overtime and the company has responded with illegal retaliation including firing nine of the workers. In addition to its own restaurant, Wild Edibles provides seafoods to some of New York’s most famous eateries including Tavern on the Green and La Goulue. Yet, Wild Edibles workers are laboring under illegal and exploitative conditions.
WHO: Spirited immigrant employees and supporters from their union, the
IWW, and the non-profit supporting them, Brandworkers International.
Workers will be wielding home made signs and banners and will be chanting for justice.
WHEN: Monday, December 31st at 6:30pm
WHERE: The Wild Edibles Restaurant - 535 Third Avenue (between 35th and 36th Sts. in Manhattan)
The Brandworkers Focus on the Food Chain initiative supports immigrant food warehouse workers in Brooklyn and Queens who are rising above poverty and abuse.