For the past six months, Chinese restaurant deliverymen of Saigon Grill have continued their fight for the right to unionize. By unionizing, they hope to achieve wages at the minimum wage, and to avoid arbitrary penalties for late deliveries and too loudly closing the restaurant's doors. After the delivery workers refused to sign an illegal contract, stating that they have received minimum wage, the owners locked them out.
Asian American advocacy groups are cooperating to organize Asian American restaurant deliverymen. Presently, these deliverymen are picketing several well-known chain restaurants, including Saigon Grill, Our Place and Ollie's Noodle Shop and Grille.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) also announced it has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant chain Saigon Grill on behalf of 36 former Chinese take-out delivery employees. Another lawsuit was directed at Ollie's.
(Saugus, MA.) The struggle with the Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant continues. Women are relegated to the lowest paying jobs. Workers are paid less than minimum wage and no overtime. Workers work 12-15 hours per day, 6 days per week. Workers suffer health problems from being overworked. Workers get hurt working under hazardous conditions. Six workers were fired for speaking up about the conditions.
SAUGUS, MA: The Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant and Caterer in Saugus, MA, a suburb north of Boston, is a multimillion dollar business that exploits its immigrant workers. How can Jin Asian Cuisine pull in so much in a time when many businesses are going under? Workers are paid less than minimum wage and required to work twelve to fifteen hours a day, six days a week. They are not paid for overtime and to make matters worse, management has stolen tips and portions of wages from wait staff.
Unemployed garment workers, students and community and labor groups in San Francisco are calling on The Gap to "buy local" and to support the community in their corporate hometown. They want The Gap to commit to more garment orders in San Francisco because this is their social responsibility.
Chinese workers won a recent unionization victory at the Golden Bridge restaurant on the Bowery. The National Labor Relations Board arbitrated an agreement where the Golden Bridge will hire union members of the 318 Restaurant Workers Union (318 RWU), an independent union. They will also compensate them for lost wages since the restaurant's opening.
(The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and YKASEC–Empowering the Korean American Community recently issued a report this month about Korean American Immigrant Workers. This is an edited version of the executive summary of the report available here.)
San Francisco-based NOVA Knits has finally paid off half a million dollars owed to its laid-off workers. NOVA Knits. Former NOVA Knits employees - mostly middle-aged Chinese women - used marches, appeals to the city's Board of Supervisors, protests at retailers such as the Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch that sold NOVA Knits' clothing and threatened protests outside the CEO's home to win their settlement.