Volume 76, Number 50 | May 9 -15, 2007

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

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Restaurant workers and activists demonstrated outside — and inside 


very men at the Saigon Grill restaurants on University Place and the Upper West Side say they were attempting to organize a union and preparing a lawsuit when, in March, management locked them out — suspending t

ve appeared at the restaurant’s locations on 90th St. and Amsterdam Ave. as well

ivists raised the bar a notch, staging a noisy sit-in inside the restaurant on University Place at the height

n activists stood outside chanting, “Boycott Saigon Grill,” people in red shirts entered the restaurant in pairs and groups, filling the tables inside the large dining room. With almost every table filled, the crowd would sit silently for a few minutes, then suddenly begin chanting, “Two dollars, no way. What do we want? Fair pay.” The deliverymen claim they received less than $2 an hour, well below the minimum wage of $4.60 — not including tips 

n to show the community that this is not only the workers’ fight; it is the fight of everyone that values justice,” said one activist standing on a chair in the middle

said deliverymen had been fined for taking sick leave, did not receive overtime pay and did not recompensation if injured on the job.

led and informed the activists they would be arrested if they remained inside. The protesters exited soon after, then stood outside chanting for several hours. The few customers who entered the restaurant were met with chants of “Have a heart,

testers were students from Columbia, CUNY, Borough of Manhattan Community College, John Jay, Hunter, Sarah Lawrence, New York University and the New School. Protests are planned at the Village location on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., duri

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