A Chicago sandwich shop closed its doors and fired all its staff right before Christmas. The employees received their notices on 23 December, informing them the shop was closing down indefinitely, while the company remodels and rebrands the store into a burger joint.
Now before you start whining about evil business owners and how they’re all heartless for firing everyone right before Christmas, I would urge you to think about the following:
The River North Snarf’s shop was closed for four days, from December 5 until December 8, as employees went on striking for higher wages and better benefits.
They joined workers of fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Subway, Potbelly and others in a broader strike orchestrated by the Worker’s Organizing Committee of Chicago.
So here’s how it worked out.
- The employees of this store, whose primary function is putting slices of meat and cheese on bread and being nice to customers went on strike, demanding they be paid more than what their labor is worth to their employer – and hell, really more than a lot of skilled laborers out there.
- They forced the store to close for four days (and thereby lose profits), but they were all apparently allowed to return to work after their little temper tantrum, which was more generous than I would have been.
- Their strike included calls for their place of employment to close its doors, ostensibly because the mean, mean employer wouldn’t pay people $15/hour to put a sandwich together.
4. And now that the store has actually shut down, they all of a sudden realized that being unemployed gives them considerably less than the minimum wage they were getting.
How’s that working out for you, assholes?
So now, the creepasauri have come out with more demands, whining how unfair it is for the store to do this right before the holiday.
Furious members of the Worker’s Organizing Committee of Chicago gathered outside the store Monday morning demanding severance pay and re-employment for the fired staff.
My reply would have been a lot less polite than the Director of Marketing, who said the staff was welcome to reapply for their positions.
Apparently, these whining, entitled assweasels are learning the hard way that a company does not exist for its employees. Its purpose is not to give its employees jobs. The purpose for its existence is to make money, which, by the way, allows the company to actually hire and pay its staff!
So their demands that their employer, who took all the risks to make the venture profitable, stop being profitable and pay workers a higher wage than their labor is worth, will result in no employer.
No money? No staff.
Happy now? You got what you wanted. The store closed.
Awwwww. What’s the matter?