Tuesday, October 11, 2016

We Are Stardust

If you walk past Ellen's Stardust Diner at Broadway and 51st, you'll find their singing waiters making music -- on the street.

They're singing in protest of several firings that came after they unionized this summer in response to a change in management they say led to sexual harassment, bullying, and other abuses.

Ellen's Stardust Diner has been in business since 1995.

The workers' union is called Stardust Family United, a branch of the international labor union Industrial Workers of the World. You can visit their site to support them, and see more on their Facebook page. Playbill has many more details on the story.


Donnie Moder said...

It is a shame that there is little leverage for the employees. Stardust can do the ultimate, like the Carnegie, and simply go out of business. So much of restaurant labor was undocumented worker and off the books wages in the past,that going legit is causing problems for the businesses who have to create legit business plans that include legal wages and better treatment of employees.

Donnie Moder said...

What is the point of the union if the management apparently can so easily mass fire the employees?

Gena Hymowech said...

This is shocking considered this is a female-run business. I think Ellen's was around before 1995. I remember going to another location of it in the 1980s, mid or late, or very early 90s. I stopped going to Ellen's after one memorable visit. I was looking up at their train set. A train was running on it and running in back of the train was a real mouse. I told the waiter and he didn't seem to care. That was it for me and Ellen.

Al Cabal said...

What makes you think a female-run business is going to be any more humane than any other business?

Gena Hymowech said...

I am surprised a female-run business would screw over fellow female employees.