Fired Chicago Lake Liquors workers still expect to get jobs back with back pay

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The Chicago Lake Five, including Wallace (center).
:::: UPDATE :::: National Labor Relations Board finds merit with fired Chicago Lakes Liquor workers' case

Nearly two months after they were fired, the Chicago Lake Five still expect to return to work at the busy south Minneapolis liquor store.

SEE ALSO: Fired Chicago Lake Liquors workers create website soliciting donations

And in the coming days, their case could be significantly strengthened by the National Labor Relations Board, which will soon rule on whether the firings constituted a wrongful termination under the National Labor Relations Act. If the NLRB rules in the workers' favor and a settlement can't be reached, the case might end up before an administrative law judge who could order owner John Wolf to reinstate the workers. (For more about the legalities of the Chi-Lake controversy, read our original post about the firings here.)

Marlin Osthus, regional director for the local branch of the NLRB, said most wrongful termination cases are settled before they reach a judge. But one complicating and unusual factor in the Chi-Lake case is that the fired workers insist on both receiving back pay and being reinstated.

"It's more often, if a case settles, that the employees end up waving their right to reinstatement," Osthus said.

One of the fired workers, 22-year-old Hallie Wallace, said she and the other four fired workers have no interest in a settlement that doesn't result in them getting their jobs back. She acknowledged returning to work at Chicago Lake would be awkward -- after all, management there has already hired workers to replace them -- but she said she wants to be reunited with her coworkers above and beyond anything else and wouldn't be overly bothered by any resulting tension between workers and management.

"We're hoping for reinstatement of all workers with back pay," Wallace said. "I want my job back, and I don't want them to think they can just fire people whenever they want to illegally. I'm really excited to go back and work."

Wallace said she and the others continue to occasionally picket outside the store. In fact, they've recently escalated their tactics -- last weekend, they blocked the driveway to the store, and they're planning a similar action for 7:30 this Friday evening.

"We're going to be trying to turn a lot of business away," Wallace said.

Wallace said she's doubts Wolf will be amenable to a settlement if the NLRB rules in favor of the fired workers. That could set the stage for some interesting courtroom drama -- according to Osthus, over the last couple years, the NLRB hasn't lost a case that's come before an administrative judge.

Wolf didn't respond to a voicemail seeking comment.

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k.elizashley
k.elizashley

Hey kids, you want a soundtrack

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k.elizashley
k.elizashley

WHERe THE HELL ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO BUY good ALCOHOL MORONS HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO GET IN THAT PARKING LOT OBVIOUSLY NOT YOU PROBABLY DRINK NATTY ICE AND RIDE THE PEDAL PUB WITH YOUR BORING ASS HAT FRIENDS AND INSULT PEOPLE THAT AREN'T TELLERS AT US BANK. 


keny1
keny1

While the fucktard liberals bitch about their situation, the owners of CLL are counting their massive profits, thinking, "It sucks to be you!!" LOL!!!  Fucking losers.

keny1
keny1

And oh...they are going to block the parking lot? LOL! You go Losers! Maybe in 20 years you might be earning $11.50/hr. LOL!!  Liberal Losers!!

entropy1
entropy1

these people are awesome for standing up for working class values and workers rights.


Juan Conatz
Juan Conatz

Good to see some decent coverage. It's about time we start standing up at these shitty jobs. Someone's gotta do it.

keny1
keny1

The caption under the photo of these fine specimens of achievement should read:

The Future of America. Fail. 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Wow.. this was buried quickly.. Front page banner to second page in what 5 hours?

Guess these aren't the hero's tcraine and Aaron were looking for.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

I bet there are no other $8 an hour jobs in the city...

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

tcraine. Aaron posts almost daily on whatever Bachmann is doing/saying and posts are left unchecked (Not defending or stepping into that conversation)

But Bachmann is a public figure, now that Ms Wallace has made herself one as well then has been proven in the past, legally the gloves are off. 

That said, from what I read there were no endorsements of violence or any other criminal activity towards Ms. Wallace. 

I understand this is your blog-"news site" and is your right to moderate as you will. Just keep in mind, the more you delete "offensive" posts.. Well I guess you can just look at the board now and see what happens.. Or are you just going to ban all of us?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

Hallie must not have liked all the accolades we have given her... she must be a whiney conformist...

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

nothing obscene about sex or getting high with sexy proletariats

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Aaron, are you deleting comments about Hallie? She made herself a public figure.

Same as M Bachmann.. stop censoring.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

what good is this site if the people cant say what they want


digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

you post a story about fkn pinkos and feel the need to quell MY SPEECH

Jason Thor Carle
Jason Thor Carle

Yeah, they better go find a new job before they get kicked out of their homes...

RealityCHECK
RealityCHECK

You rallied your troops and got beat down.  Now, you're crying foul.  You all made your bed and now you need to sleep in it.  I have no problem driving into that lot (great prices btw) when these asshats are blocking the way in.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Hopefully the community shuns these ass hats

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

They don't want their jobs back, they never really wanted to work in the first place. They're just looking for a
"Win" for IWW . They got smacked down at Jimmy Johns, and decided to go after a small local place with less resources.

They've learned just enough about communism to think they can create a workers paradise, but didn't check with history majors / profs to find out how well that plan has worked out in the past.. Oh wait.. they're young and they think they can do it right this time..

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

how about getting a different job? or shutting the fuck up about your dumb job. this bitch was 2 hrs late the day they fired her!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@keny1 No Keny, biggest loser here is you - sad that you're just too stupid to see it.  You're a fucking troll hiding under websites instead of bridges and you ever talked to people like this in the light of day, you'd be flat on your ass.

keny1
keny1

@entropy1 They are also standing up for losers who can't even be qualified to work at Target or Walmart. I am sure that when they were little kids and their parents asked them, "what do you want to be when you grow up?", they responded, "I want to be a clerk at Chicago Lake Liquor!!!!!!"

keny1
keny1

@Juan Conatz If it is such a "shitty job", how were these losers replaced within hours after being fired? Apparently, there are some people who take some sort of pride in doing a "shitty job". If they demand a job that pays a livable wage with benefits, perhaps they should have thought about that before they dropped out of high school and took up smoking weed as a "hobby". 

As Beck sang in his famous song: "I'm a loser baby......why don't you kill me....................."

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Sorry, guess it was more important to run a story about how great Franken was doing in polling against people who arent running against him.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@Stuttering John Not for these clowns if the hiring mgr/HR dept has google. 

Hallie might be able to get a job at the double duce

_Joe_
_Joe_

@digitalprotocol Ah.  Now all of your prior comments in previous articles make sense.  I really wouldn't expect much more from someone so hard up that they have to fap to pictures on a news blog.

tcraine
tcraine moderator communitymanager

@CinBlueland The comments about Ms. Wallace can be construed as physically threatening. Please stick to commenting about the story at hand and not objectifying people.

tcraine
tcraine moderator communitymanager

@digitalprotocol Stop posting obscene remarks about the subjects of the story. You're violating our terms of use.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@mingtran They're kinda screwed from any real job for the next 10 years. Any half competent HR dept, Mgr will run a basic google on their names and reject out of hand.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@digitalprotocol I'll give them some credit, they learned to put the "cute girl" up as their mouthpiece.. Gee.. like marketing.. in an evil corporate world..

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@CinBlueland Because they can't find a Republican't who'd be stupid enough to run against him - hey, maybe Michelle B.? She'd get her ass handed to her but she'd definitely be stupid enough to run. If she could get talked into a presidential run, anything is possible.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@_Joe_ Hey! She's got a fresh faced natural look.  Not all of us want porn models. 

I'd take her out.. just avoid politics and religion.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@tcraine @CinBlueland Physically threatening?  I say a girl is cute, post CP's own pic of her. 

There was never any post of intent to do her harm. This is CP, how many articles about fetish interests? 

Some conservatives like the idea of "liberal" girls.. Dharma / Greg fantasy.. 

You have the records, show us where someone posted that they wanted to do something against her will.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@tcraine Ms. Wallace is ...  

thats kind of the story

she was late

she got fired

she looks hot, in comparison to other pics on your site. 


sorry if you dont liek objectifying women but this is the internet and what these dirts stand for needs to either be celebrated or ridiculed. not controlled

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@tcraine  BAN ME you pinko sympathizer


this is fkn america and this is the fkn internet!!!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@CinBlueland you think she is religous?  she needs to hit the gym or smoke more.

everyone wants porn models, dont lie

Onan
Onan

@digitalprotocol And this is a forum owned by City Pages. You haven't figured that out yet??

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