Three weeks ago they were feeling their oats, all fired up, demanding $15 an hour for the arduous task of making sandwiches. Now they’re all fired.
Let’s first flash back to December 5.
Clustered around a giant, bright green “Grinch,” the protesters — part of a “100-city strike wave”— are demanding a $15-an-hour wage and the right to form a union without retaliation.
“Chicago is a union town!” they chanted outside Snarf’s Sandwiches, 600 W. Chicago, one of several stops during a planned daylong demonstration in the city.
The group was expected to include workers from McDonald’s, Subway, CVS Pharmacy, Sears — among other companies.
“I have no problem making wages that are appropriate to my work, but it’s impossible to live on the wages we make,” explained Kait Ziegler, an actor and freelance writer who also works part-time at Snarf’s, making $9.50 an hour.
Oh, so it’s impossible to get by making %9.50 an hour? Guess those acting and writing careers aren’t cutting it, huh? Well, how about making $0.00 and hour now?
A Chicago sandwich shop has fired all its employees over email just 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.
But the move comes less than a month after Snarf’s workers rallied for higher wages.
The email, obtained by ChicagoGrid.com, read: ‘Due to increased competition and losses, ownership has decided to consider remodeling and reconcepting the store at 600 West Chicago Ave.
It’s quite obvious this place wasn’t making a profit and decided to go in another direction. But maybe, just maybe, it might dawn on the folks who were demanding an absurd wage for little in return might re-think getting in bed with the unions goons, who unironically were again whining Monday.
Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago, who organized the strike earlier this month, staged a protest in front of the restaurant this morning, urging severance pay and re-hiring for the fired staff.