Junior’s employees want to unionize
by Andrew Pavia
Dec 04, 2013 | 1283 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Workers rally in front of Junior’s Restaurant in Brooklyn.
Workers rally in front of Junior’s Restaurant in Brooklyn.
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Union member hand out flyers to customers.
Union member hand out flyers to customers.
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Junior’s Restaurant employee Garrett Mitchell calls for the right to form a union.
Junior’s Restaurant employee Garrett Mitchell calls for the right to form a union.
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The day before Thanksgiving, employees at Junior’s Restaurant in Brooklyn rallied in the rain demanding the right to organize and create a union.

Joined by members of UNITE HERE Local 100, a group representing food chain workers, employees handed out fliers to people waiting on line for cheesecakes. Cars that passed the intersection of Flatbush Avenue Extension and Dekalb Avenue honked in solidarity of the workers.

“We haven’t been treated with the respect that we deserve,” said Garrett Mitchell who has been working at Junior’s for over a year. “We want a fair process.”

Mitchell said he and his co-workers take pride in being excellent employees.

“We have the best service staff here at Junior’s Restaurant and we give 110 percent,” he said. “Now we are asking that Junior’s step up to the plate and support us in the way that we have supported them.”

Junior’s Restaurant was unable to comment at time of press.

“I always get the cheesecake from Junior’s, but until such time that my brothers and sisters get treated fairly I will not come by and pick up that cheesecake,” said Naji Almontaser, a member of Local 100. “These workers punch their card and work hard every day to keep customers coming back.”

“We are here today to demand that the workers here are treated fairly and allowed to organize and form a union,” said public advocate-elect Letitia James.

James called on the patrons of Junior’s to rethink their decision to eat at the Brooklyn staple.

“This store is not respecting the rights of its workers,” she said. “If you believe in the middle-class and fair wages than you should shop elsewhere during the holiday season.”

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