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Labor

  1. lawsuits
    Sushi Nakazawa Sued for Mishandling TipsIt’s alleged that owner Alessandro Borgognone and chef Daisuke Nakazawa failed to pay overtime and the minimum wage.
  2. Facebook Cafeteria Workers Unionize in Hopes of Improving WagesThe current $18.81 hourly wage isn’t enough to make ends meet in an area where prices are so inflated.
  3. the tipping game
    Restaurant Owners Continue to Return to Traditional Tipping ModelsPortland’s Le Pigeon and Little Bird are the latest to revert to gratuity.
  4. food politics
    Restaurants Reportedly Fired Workers After ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ ProtestsAn Oklahoma bar and grill that let go 12 employees has taken a lot of heat.
  5. taking a stand
    New York’s Bodega Strike Is a Bid for Unity at a Time of Deep Unrest“It’s not just Yemeni-Americans, Iraqi-Americans, Iranian-Americans — It’s your neighbor, your doctor, that’s what we’re trying to show.”
  6. muslim ban
    New York’s Yemeni Bodega Owners Will Strike in Response To Trump’s Muslim BanThere will also be a rally at the Brooklyn Borough Hall.
  7. food politics
    Starbucks Promises to Hire 10,000 Refugees in Response to Trump’s Muslim BanThe company also says it will donate 4 million trees to Mexican coffee farmers.
  8. food politics
    Trump’s Secretary of Labor Pick Called Fast-Food Workers ‘the Best of the Worst’A long-time employee said he’s “not the person to protect American workers’ rights.”
  9. the state of the industry
    How the Restaurant Industry Is Preparing for the Trump EraWhy workers fear the new administration and the ways in which they’re already responding.
  10. contradictions
    Trump Vineyards Is Hiring and It Helps If You’re Foreign!Keeping jobs in America, as promised.
  11. seafood crisis
    Here Are Even More Reasons to Be Distraught About SeafoodOne new report suggests rampant fraud, while another reveals labor abuses in Hawaii.
  12. The Future
    Restaurant Fires Robot Waiters After Learning They Can’t Even Pour Water“Their skills are somewhat limited.”
  13. Studies
    New Study Says Raising Restaurant Wages Won’t Lead to Job LossesThe Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration says it’s a good thing, actually.
  14. Labor
    Connecticut’s Fast-Food Workers Getting Minimum Wage IncreaseIt’ll happen by 2017.
  15. The Chain Gang
    Fast-Food Workers’ Strikes Continue Throughout Midwest CitiesThose fries and the shake should come with more money, activists say.
  16. Labor
    Fast Food Workers Protest Downtown This MorningArise, you have nothing to lose but chain restaurants.
  17. Beef
    Student Guest Workers Protest McDonald’s Over Claims of SevereGuest workers were forced to work long hours at substandard pay, and live in squalid, employer-owned apartments.
  18. Labor
    Kosher Corridor Controversy Over Restaurants’ Labor Rights CommitmentsPico Boulevard restaurants are being hassled over their commitment to employees in revenge for the closing of an Iowa meat processing facility.
  19. Labor
    California Restaurant Assoc. Argues Against Claims of Kitchen Labor AbuseJot Condie argues that the dismal claims of labor organization Restaurant Center Opportunities United are “not as widespread as [it] insists.”
  20. Labor
    Donatella’s Bun Is Out of the OvenSend her some baby food recipes.
  21. Lawsuits
    Flushing’s ‘Sweatshop Kingpin’Restaurant workers get paid $500 to $700 per month for 60- and 70-hour weeks?
  22. Lawsuits
    Batali May Face Further Legal WoesPlus, ‘Masterchef’ is “American Idol for foodies.”
  23. Lawsuits
    More Details on the Lawsuit Against BabboPlus, how much does a Babbo waiter make in tips?
  24. Beef
    Kawa Sushi Accuses ‘RUDE!!!’ and ‘NASTY!!!’ DeliverymanA West Village sushi restaurant is publicly shaming a former employee.
  25. lawsuits
    Update: Was Bouley Suit Originally Dismissed?The landlord also sued him back in May.
  26. Back of the House
    The New Non-Union Kitchens of Hotel RestaurantsWhy the newest crop of hotel restaurants could succeed.
  27. Lawsuits
    Bartender Speaks Frankly About Her Lawsuit Against Frank“Nothing about these restaurants is legal.”
  28. Beef
    Food, Inc. Creators Still Have Beef With ChipotleSure, the burrito brand is sponsoring screenings, but the movie’s creators are still critical of its policies.
  29. Lawsuits
    Lemongrass Grill Accused of Withholding $770,000 From WorkersThe Thai restaurant’s employees were paid as little as $2.08 an hour.
  30. NewsFeed
    Wild Edibles, Bennigan’s Go BankruptTwo companies go under, one thanks to labor and one thanks to general economic malaise.
  31. NewsFeed
    Meet the Tavern on the Green PlaintiffA former hostess describes a vulgar, threatening workplace.
  32. NewsFeed
    Rabbi Will Bless Striking Goldman Sachs Cafeteria WorkersWe’re sure there’s a “rabbi walks into a cafeteria” joke in here…
  33. NewsFeed
    Telepan Settles Year-Old Labor LawsuitFour employees settle with Bill Telepan in a dispute over pooled tips.
  34. NewsFeed
    New York Starbucks Baristas Want to Keep Their Tips, TooInspired by their California counterparts, Starbucks baristas in New York are suing for the right to keep their tips.
  35. NewsFeed
    Restaurant Workers March on City HallRestaurant workers want a law to protect them from skinflint managers.
  36. NewsFeed
    Colors Back From the Dead, But Are Workers Happy Now?Colors is on the rebound, but what happened to that pesky lawsuit?
  37. Beef
    Better Get to That Wild Edibles Party Early! Being 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?
  38. NewsFeed
    Looking at the Cipriani Sexual-Harassment Docs It’s hard out there for a Venetian millionaire. No sooner did the Cipriani boys get the all clear from their federal tax-evasion trial than a major sexual-harassment lawsuit came down upon their heads. Just in time for your weekend reading, Grub Street has acquired a copy of the legal documents; after the jump, allegations of systematic misogyny and insidious put-downs.
  39. NewsFeed
    The Feds Have a Problem Ordering Delivery from Saigon GrillLabor activists, ousted employees, and local politicians gathered outside Saigon Grill’s uptown location to cheer a validating September 28 complaint against the restaurant issued by the National Labor Relations Board. In March, Saigon Grill sacked 22 workers who had taken steps to join the 318 Restaurant Workers Union. The NLRB also found that Saigon Grill’s owners promised pay raises (above a reported $1.60 an hour) to those who stayed away from the union and videotaped the employees who participated in regular demonstrations outside the Amsterdam Avenue restaurant and its University Place counterpart.
  40. NewsFeed
    Overtime Suits Officially a Buzz TopicWe’ve learned that Juan Garcia-Espinoza, a dishwasher who worked at Carmine’s for two and a half years is suing the South Street Seaport dive (no relation to the Upper West Side pasta joint) for allegedly violating overtime laws by paying him a miserly $260 to $300 for workweeks as long as 58 hours. We’ve pointed out that these cases are increasingly becoming “man bites dog,” and the cover story of this week’s Business Week proves it: In the last few years, companies have blown about $1 billion resolving them. At this point wouldn’t even Mr. Burns agree that that money is better spent fairly compensating workers in the first place? Related: Wage Wars [Business Week]
  41. NewsFeed
    Tavern on the Green Hit With Federal Discrimination ChargesTavern on the Green just got hit with major charges — and unlike the accusations made in recent years against the likes of Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud, it’s not just some irate ex-employees doing the talking. It’s the Feds. According to Crain’s, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission charges them with “severe and pervasive sexual, racial and national origin harassment,” and for leaning on employees who complained against it. It’s a major step, and nothing the famously profitable, famously mediocre eatery can laugh off. Tavern on the Green Accused of Discrimination [Crain’s NY]
  42. NewsFeed
    Aspen Cooks Lodge Complaint Greg Brier, owner of Amalia (where Ivy Stark may checking out), may be in hot water because of alleged labor-law violations at his ski-lodge-themed restaurant, Aspen — and we don’t mean the Jacuzzi. Attorney Michael Falliache has brought a lawsuit against Brier and Aspen alleging that six named employees (including line cooks and a dishwasher) worked at pay rates such as $303 for 60 hours per week (i.e. about $5 per hour) with no overtime or regular breaks. “This is a typical case of a restaurant hiring workers who are at a disadvantage and taking advantage of them by not paying them overtime or minimum wage,” Falliache told us. The class-action suit represents the grievances of fifteen workers who, should they win, probably won’t be celebrating with a ski vacation. Jose Zurita et. al vs. Aspen and Greg Brier [PDF]
  43. NewsFeed
    Wild Edibles Gets Caught in the Net of the LawIn the latest labor-law fiasco, thirteen employees of Wild Edibles, which sells seafood to restaurants like Union Square Cafe and Pastis as well as the general public via its retail stores, have filed a lawsuit against the company for failure to pay overtime. According to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, David Rankin, and as is evident in copies of the complaint we’ve obtained, the individuals — most of them warehouse workers — worked in excess of 50 hours a week for flat wages varying from $450 to $550 (“right on the edge of minimum-wage violations,” Rankin says, though he decided not to pursue those charges). Rankin also says that four workers were unjustly fired after they requested overtime pay at the end of August, and that another worker was unfairly written up for stealing fish. A motion for a restraining order, which we’ve also obtained, will be heard in court tomorrow. Between the overfishing and underpaying, caviar is truly getting hard to swallow. Cesar A. Barturen, et al. vs. Wild Edibles [PDF] Memorandum in Support of Restraining Order [PDF]
  44. In the Magazine
    New York’s Deliverymen Are Mad As HellBetween dodging trucks and potholes, risking robberies, working endless hours for slave wages in the rain and cold, and having to buy their own bikes and food, the city’s delivery workers have one of the rawest deals in all of New York City. But thanks to suits filed against Saigon Grill, Flor de Mayo, and several other restaurants around town, solidarity and an able use of the American legal system might turn things around. The takeaway quote from this week’s piece by noted reporter and author Jennifer Gonnerman? “If we win this case, every restaurant is going to change.” Of course, there are no guarantees in any labor battle. Read on for the New York take. The Deliverymen’s Uprising [NYM] Related: Pols Come Out to Support Saigon Grill Workers; Delivery Service Still Suspended [Daily Intel]
  45. Mediavore
    The State of the Deli Is Not Good; ‘Secret’ Spots RevealedA panel of Jewish food luminaries gathered recently to discuss the state of the deli. They didn’t paint a very sunny picture. [Serious Eats] Related: Mother of Mercy! Is This the End of Katz’s? Don’t blame the government for not letting great Chinese chefs into the country: It’s our fault for not wanting better Chinese cuisine. [NYT] Manhattan’s secret spots range from sushi in a midtown basement to the bar across the street from the Corner Bistro. [NYP]
  46. Mediavore
    End of the Line for Ureña; Rocco Admits Douche-baggeryAlex Ureña is closing Ureña and turning it into “a bistro-style eater called Pamplona.” The modern Spanish curse continues! Now Suba alone carries the banner. [Eater] Rocco DiSpirito doesn’t seem to mind being called a douche bag: “I was thinking he must have worked for me to know I’m a douche bag,” the chef tells Nina Lalli. [VV] Related: Joey, Latest ‘Top Chef’ Non-Winner, on Why Rocco Is a Douche Bag On his Top Chef blog Tony Bourdain has some wise words to console Joey: “Joey’s the chef of a damn famous restaurant in New York freakin’ City. The place every ambitious cook and chef hopes to work — in the big leagues. So he’s already a “Top Chef” — and already a winner in my book.” [Bravo] Related: Adam Platt Finds the Moral in Last Night’s ‘Top Chef’
  47. Mediavore
    City Council Might Tackle Labor Violations; Drunks Abound at High-EndCustomers get drunk, carry on, and throw up even at the finest restaurants. Especially at the finest restaurants: “More people throw up in the dining room of Per Se than your average college bar.” [NYT] The City Council is considering a law that would put labor violations on par with health violations, in an effort to protect vulnerable immigrant workers. [NPR] Mocktails are on the rise, thanks to “the whole rehab thing,” and nowhere more successfully than at Indochine. [NYP]
  48. Mediavore
    Boulud Settles Discrimination Suit; Ramsay Has His Day in CourtDaniel Boulud gives in and settles his discrimination suit, agreeing to pay off the plaintiffs, give his busboys and runners a raise, make his managers take sensitivity training, and set up standards and procedures for promotion. [NYT] Related: Daniel Under Attack! (Again) A court hearing later today will rule whether Gordon Ramsay faked scenes during his infamous “rescue” of Dillons restaurant. [Fox News] Blue Hill’s Dan Barber loves Lupa, Noodletown, and the “secret gem” greenmarket on West 97th Street. [Gothamist]
  49. Mediavore
    Hot Dogs Out, Halal In; More on Flor de Mayo’s Alleged AbusesThe hot dog now is for tourists,” and halal food has taken its place as New York’s signature street fare. Watch the video. [NYT] Related: Cartography [NYM] Flor de Mayo allegedly paid one of its workers $90 for 72 hours of work in one week — and made him provide his own bicycle for deliveries. [Newsday] The Chinese government now realizes that exporting bad food is in fact bad for business. [Forbes]
  50. Mediavore
    Nello Buys ‘Page Six’ on the Cheap; Jody Williams Trying Not toNello’s Nello Ballan gives Richard Johnson a $1,000 gift, and fifteen “Page Six” mentions of Ballan’s restaurant later, the embattled gossip column has the devil to pay. [NYT] Jody Williams claims not to have read Frank Bruni’s review of Morandi, though she knows that people are laying odds on the date of her departure. [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine] Related: Not So Bene [NYM] Restaurant-industry lobbyists express a not-unexpected disappointment with the federal minimum-wage increase passed by Congress, finding it “entirely out of place” in a war-spending bill. [Nation’s Restaurant News]
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