The entire staff of a sandwich shop in Chicago were fired via e-mail after going on strike to obtain better wages and working conditions. Doug Besant, the Director of Operations at Snarf’s Sub Shop, sent the Christmas “thanks” to his employees last Sunday. The firing came three weeks after the employees joined local workers at other fast food establishements like Subway and McDonald’s in the strike, resulting in the subway shop being closed for four days.
All of the workers received the following e-mail from Besant:
1. Due to increased competition and losses, ownership has decided to consider remodeling and reconcepting the store at 600 West Chicago Ave.
2. The store is closing, effective tomorrow, December 23, 2013 for an unknown period of time for this remodeling and reconcepting.
3. All staff is terminated, effective Monday, December 23, 2013.
4. All staff may apply for unemployment, if eligible.
5. Return any keys and Company property to Will Ravert at 600 West Chicago Avenue on Monday, December 23, 2014 during normal business hours.
6. Payroll will be processed as usual this week and paid on Friday, December 27, 2013.
7. Keep an eye out for the grand opening of the new store.
8. Ownership appreciates your service and wish you well in your new endeavors.
Jill Preston, the director of marketing for Snarf’s, said that the employees were not fired in retaliation for striking, but the restaurant is being closed for a month due to remodeling. During the Christmas holiday we’re pretty slow,” she says. “The restaurant’s usually three quarters closed. This does happen to coincide, but this is something we’ve had planned for awhile.” She also said that employees would be welcome to reapply to the restaurant once it opens.
Meanwhile, the now out-of-work employees are fuming over the impersonal method of being fired. They joined members of the Worker’s Organizing Committee of Chicago outside of the shop this morning, demanding severance pay and re-employment. Three days before Christmas and not even a call,” said Deivid Rojas, communications director for the organization. “It’s not fair that management and the corporation is treating [employees] this way.”
(Photo: Snarf’s Sub Shop)