Fired Chicago Lake Liquors workers create website soliciting donations

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Fired from Chi-Lake, these five want your help so they can continue their struggle to get their jobs back.
Earlier this month, five workers at Chicago Lake Liquors were fired days after petitioning management for higher wages.

THE BACKSTORY: Chicago Lake Liquors employees petition for raises; five fired two days later

They haven't given up their fight to get their jobs back. Last Saturday evening, they held a picket action outside the store, and they've also filed a wrongful termination claim with the National Labor Relations Board that they hope could result in their reinstatement. But in the meantime, they're broke.

The workers have created a WePay page soliciting donations that will be put toward their "basic needs." Here's how they explain their plight:
On April 1st, 5 workers were fired at Chicago-Lake Liquors, Minnesota's highest volume liquor store, for asking for better ages. Two days prior, they presented a petition to management asking for a $1 raise in the starting wage for an hour to $9 an hour, an across the board $1 raise, and a raise in the pay ceiling from $10.50 an hour to $13.

The five fired workers, Joe Giwoyna, Davis Ritsema, Max Specktor, Arella Vargas, and Hallie Wallace went public as members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and Food & Retail Workers United, an organizing committee of the IWW.

They have filed Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs) with the National Labor Relations Board and have been doing actions at Chicago Lake Liquors demanding they be rehired, that their wage demands be met, and that their bosses stop union busting.

Right now, they need your support and solidarity. Until their bosses rehire them or the Labor Board reinstates them, these workers are out of work. They need funds to meet their basic needs. They also need funds to continue to organize to put pressure on their boss. Please donate what you can and spread the word.

Solidarity Forever!
As of this morning, the page had generated $325 from 10 donors.


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134 comments
mjnelson2
mjnelson2

Yeah, I remember being 20 and being fired. 

The  Daily Labor place right down Chicago Ave helped me meet my basic needs. Heck, it even has the word "Labor" on the building. How cool is that?

Jump on your fixie, head on down there an get some solidarity with your fellow workers.

Oh, and you might want to start rolling your own smokes. Easier on the wallet than American Spirits.

CandyCaneJeremy
CandyCaneJeremy

It sucks that you all got fired for requesting a small raise but, are you kidding me?

Get a new job, move on. There are plenty of other similar paying jobs available, some that even require less work than the already minimal work you do as a liquor store cashier. The fact that you're fighting to keep a shitty job selling booze is bad, but soliciting donations is just absurd. 

Get over yourselves. 

keny1
keny1

It was a dream of mine to be a clerk at Chicago Lake Liquor. But my dream was ruined. When I applied for the job, I told them, "I will work for you, but I demand $23/hr plus full health, dental, and retirement benefits, and every weekend off." They told me that would not be possible. So I put my foot down and decided to go to work at the Target on Lake St. Now I am earning $7.50/hr and am working every weekend with no health, dental or retirement benefits. I showed them!! 

Grapenuts262
Grapenuts262

I know a stock guy at the store. The people walking the picket and even some of the fired workers still buy beer and liquor at Chicago Lake. Solidarity forever indeed! Apparently Hamm's is a "basic need". I mean if you can't even honor your own picket, who are you fooling?

keny1
keny1

Another thing. If they in fact were fired for asking for a raise (which is illegal), why are they begging for money from the public when they most certainly would be entitled to unemployment? Seems to me there are some facts missing in this story.

Markmn11569
Markmn11569

In your above article it says they are soliciting funds to cover their basic needs until their boss rehires them, it seems to me they were fired and don't have a boss right now? Keep waiting to get rehired.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

the Rupar brothers either have a drinking problem or or friends with these pinkos. only reason they have 700 dollars donated is becuase of this web post. 

pretty sad

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

the best is their dumb faces...who the fuck takes some picture like that. Al qaeda

Nicholas Rupar
Nicholas Rupar

To the Hurp A Derps saying I'm going to set up a donation page for my cable bill, my vacation, whatever....Do it, you can set up a donations page for anything, I see nothing wrong w this, if you want to donate, do it, if not.....don't.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

you guys should buy some weed with all that free money, no wait...crack... BUY CRACK

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

im gonna set up a page to donate money for my cable bill. 

southmpls86
southmpls86

Didn't CityPages report previously that one had been two-hours late to work the day they were fired? Why does she think she has a case? That's pretty clear grounds for termination, I would think.

Markmn11569
Markmn11569

If I post a link to donate to a lega ldefense fund for Chi-Lake would City Pages post it in the story and readers can decide which side they support? I am in no way affiliated with them and I don;t know if they need assistance but I feel like regardless of what they will pay in legal fee's it is a product of our screwed up system and they should not need to incure such an expense...hopefully someone at CP will respond.

Markmn11569
Markmn11569

Seriously, when they were hired they knew how much they were getting paid and what the work was. This is a bunch of free-loaders looking for a payday,and the fact that thye have pulled this shit before is certainly not going to help them, I think I am going to start a website to help Chi-Lake defer some legal expenses whether they need it or not. Maybe these people should have been going ot school and working toward a better job instead of instead of living in their parents basement, smoking weed and listening to Nirvana...don't accept the job if you don't like the conditions, really it is simple. Fucking losers! 

James Habiger
James Habiger

I'm out of work too... Please give me money. What a load of crap. You chose to work there. You chose to speak up. It didn't work. You got fired. Life goes on. How dare you have the gawl to ask for others to support you financially. If the boss is so horrid and the place has so many issues why would you want to go back. To prove a point? Just more crap. There are children dying in this world. If i had the funds to support anything. I'd support a proper cause. Learn some dignity you entitled whiners!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

pathetic pinko posers posting poorly pretending poor

keny1
keny1

ATTENTION SHEEPLE:

In case you forgot when you took Econ 101 in high school: A wage is a price for labor. How are prices dictated? By the market and competition. If all liquor stores in the Twin Cities start out their clerks at $8, why should Chicago Lake Liquor pay them $9? Because they have a high volume? 

Well, with that line of thinking, McDonalds should pay their cooks the same rate of pay La Belle Vie pays it's culinary-school-trained line cooks because an average McDonalds does much higher volume than LBV does.    

JoeHill115
JoeHill115

There seems to be some dispute about the facts of the Jimmy John's Workers Union and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In a case similar to the firing of union organizers at Chi Lake, the owner of Jimmy John's franchises summarily fired six employees trying to unionize the workforce. The NLRB ruled that the firings were unlawful. Milkin Enterprises is appealing the NLRB ruling in federal court: http://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-releases/nlrb-judge-finds-jimmy-johns-franchisee-minnesota-illegally-fired-employ

asdf
asdf

This is pathetic. I see the word "demand" a lot thrown around in situations like this and the aggrieved parties' attitudes mirror the moral superiority touted by religious zealots. This line of logic is nothing but collectivist moralizing. They could be using their time and energy to find other jobs, or start their own liquor store and run it by their own ethics. However, they chose to harass this business, demand it be run how THEY want it to be run, and thrust their names into the headlines for personal gain. Chi-Lake liquor is no more greedy than these 5 children, the difference is they have the rectitude to acknowledge other people make choices, and if they don't align they simply won't do business together, rather than forcing the other party to bow to their will. Moral high ground is hard to come by when you engage in the same act you decry. Even more so when the accused are innocent of wrongdoing.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

you fkn idiots want free money?  get a credit card!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

best part is these lake street losers are trolling this very post right now!

I would date the angry commie girl in the middle. get at me girl!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

You fools work at a liquor store!  know your place. your owner is a lawyer. i dont agree with what was done, but this plea and the photo are absurd. you dumb pinkos! you aint getting a dime. get a new job you bums.

Ryan Flannery
Ryan Flannery

Im sorry, but I know from experience that you can indeed make "a living" earning less than what these workers are demanding...it's all about adjusting your lifestyle accordingly. If you can't score a high-paying job yet, then you'll have to live less extravagantly until you've attained the necessary experience, degrees, or skills to reach the next level...

Madelene Maleficarum
Madelene Maleficarum

Ultimately, I'm tired of labor snobbery, like only *some* people are legitimate workers. This makes me very, very angry. I do apologize, with no expectations from you, for hurling invectves. You're right, it doesn't help anything (except my blood pressure). As for having no enemies, well, I would find it very difficult to trust someone with no enemies. I"ll leave it at that.

Madelene Maleficarum
Madelene Maleficarum

I'd be happy to apologize! Once you clarify what you were implying by asking if I work? What does that mean? Are those who aren't working allowed to have an opinion on labor? Can a person have an opinion on their medical care if they themselves are not in medicine?

Madelene Maleficarum
Madelene Maleficarum

Then, please, allow me to address the nasty names to those who deserve it. If it doesn't fit , you certainly don't have to wear it.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Again - read my previous comments on this thread. Figure out my traditional views on labor. I don't feel obliged to restate it. Then, perhaps we can engage in some sort of civil discourse - after you apologize for your knee jerk assumptions, of course.

Madelene Maleficarum
Madelene Maleficarum

I don't see those opposing workers being exceptionally open minded, Sir.

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

After the events this week, I'd pay double for national defense than people begging for more handouts.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

I was willing to engage in a constructive conversation with you until you pulled out the nasty names. I was actually quite ready to block you after you did. The only reason I haven't is because - in doing so - I see that we have quite a few mutual friends - people who I definitely know would not associate with anyone so apparently jaded in life that they would make such assumptions. Perhaps you have me confused with someone who you would (for whatever reason) assume is a natural "enemy". I've got news for you - I don't have any "enemies". Ask around - you may be surprised at what you find.

Madelene Maleficarum
Madelene Maleficarum

I asked what you were implying, and prior to that implied that anyone who was pro-labor was closeminded. Unlike you, I guess. I guess we're both fools in that way.

Eric Kiefer
Eric Kiefer

Kenny Peterson and the afl-CIO know the right way to organize. they have classes.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

On second thought - don't even bother answering. You apparently are a close-minded fool who has her mind made up about the entire world and everyone in it, who refuses to so much take the time to read a few paragraphs to find out that she just may be calling someone who might be able to give her insight and advice (again - clearly you have read NONE of my comments here) some pretty abhorant names, making assumptions, and - probably not the first -or hundredth time - burning bridges before they're even built. Good Luck with that!

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Wow, a bit bit defensive, aren't we? Tell me, then, Potty mouth - have you so much as read ANY - and, hopefully, all - of my comments, here? Do you have ANY idea what my position is? Do you know anything about me? Do you know anything about my current and/or prior affiliations - who I support, who I defend, where my money goes to?

Alex Bissen
Alex Bissen

This topic seems pretty ripe for conversation to me, especially considering that those involved have chosen to push it into the public dialogue.

Alex Bissen
Alex Bissen

What's stopping these guys from getting a better paying job at any number of liquor stores up and down Lake St, and from an employer that actually wants them on their staff? Part of the argument seems to be that the store owner makes so much money and therefore he must share a higher amount of that money. In that same regard, would these guys be OK with taking a pay cut if they were working at a liquor store that was not doing as well, or would they simply put that on the owner's shoulders and hold him responsible for running his business poorly? I'm all for fair wages, but I'm also for personal responsibility and accountability in choices. It seems to me that in fighting this these five are simply making a poor choice and avoiding their own responsibility, instead placing on this a perportedly scumbag employer.

jake
jake

@keny1 They are asking for money because unemployment takes a long time to kick in. If it is the case of a firing, they first need to determine if the firing was illegal or not before they'll issue unemployment. In the meantime, these workers have no income.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Nicholas Rupar ya nothing is wrong with it. its a good idea. same as panhandling. pathetic

Markmn11569
Markmn11569

That is what these clowns are doing, except it is probably for clove cigs and hair extensions.

JoeHill115
JoeHill115

@keny1 And if workers organize for better pay and working conditions, then the store owner should fire them?

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@keny1 Wow your Econ 101 class must have been shit. 

helmmatthews
helmmatthews

@Kenny Peterson Kenny, regardless of a person's stand when they resort to ad hominems then they lose.

facts
facts

@jake @keny1 unemployment takes 7-14 days to kick in, not long at all.  the store has not contested it.  

keny1
keny1

@ChazDanger So you are saying that wages are not dictated by the market? You must live in a different world than the rest of us do.

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