From We Are Oregon:
Last Thursday, January 24th, ten former workers from Yaw's Top Notch
Restaurant won their campaign against wage theft and picked up checks
Yaw’s Top Notch Restaurant, a popular Portland diner in the 1950’s,
reopened to much fanfare in October 2012 after being shuttered for more
than 30 years. While Yaw’s painted their workplace as a family-friendly
environment on their website, behind the scenes the people who worked
there weren't being treated much like family.
When it became clear to the workers that the restaurant wouldn't change
its practices or address their concerns individually, they gathered
together to fight back. The workers were supported by community
members, We Are Oregon, and The Portland Industrial Workers of the World they
confronted their supervisors over more than $1200 in unpaid wages for
mandatory unpaid meetings, illegal paycheck deductions, and missing time
cards. One week later, the workers’ demands were met.
Alicia Carroll, a former worker at Yaw’s had this to say about her
experience. “I honestly believed I would never see a cent of the money I
was owed. I tried time and again to address the problem with management
and was ignored. Fighting for and receiving my wages, has been a very
eye opening experience. Our victory is a testament to what we can
achieve when we unite. With help from the community and sticking
together as a group, we were able to succeed in obtaining our proper
wages and send a message to Yaw’s Top Notch that it’s not okay to
disrespect workers. Hard work deserves respect.”
here to read more about the Yaw’s Restaurant wage theft victory and
watch the video of the workers delivering their demands.
Organizing against wage theft continues. If you are experiencing wage theft, call We Are Oregon Wage at (503) 345-7831. We want to fight alongside you.
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