In 2012, immigrant workers in NYC led a grassroots movement to establish an independent union at Hot & Crusty Bakery. Workers, with support from community allies including Occupy Wall Street, won their union and a ground-breaking contract that in many ways has set the standard for worker-led labor campaigns.
But now those workers are under attack. The management of Hot & Crusty—now a “Nordic-inspired eatery” renamed Bröd Kitchen—threatens to close the union store by Monday Feb. 15, and illegally fired 3 workers including union president Mahoma López.
Bröd Kitchen owner Hugo Uys continues to try to intimidate workers, as well as community members protesting outside the store.
Workers are asking us to stand with them as they fight to keep the unionized store open and rehire the 3 illegally fired workers.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Hugo Uys is opening a restaurant this spring with Danish chef Claus Meyer in Grand Central Terminal, New York City. And we need to make sure Claus Meyer is aware of Uys’ anti-worker campaign at Bröd Kitchen.
From Friday February 12 until Sunday February 14, write to Claus Meyer on Twitter and Facebook with your personal and organizational twitter accounts.
Firing workers for organizing isn’t right—@clausmeyerDK, do you know what @hugo_uys has been doing at @brodkitchen? #brodrising #antiunion
You can’t call food sustainable if workers aren’t treated right. @Hugo_Uys, stop your anti-union campaign at @brodkitchen! @clausmeyerDK
Sample FB message:
Claus Meyer—we stand with Bröd Kitchen workers fighting for fair wages & benefits. Are you aware of your business partner Hugo Uys’ anti-union, anti-worker campaign at Bröd?