Feb. 26: Press Conference: Police arrest Gourmet Heaven owner for wage theft

12:30 PM AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS, 1 UNION AVENUE, 3RD FLOOR ATRIUM

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  • Chief of the New Haven Police Department
  • Jorge Perez, President of the Board of Alders
  • Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Julio Olivar, former Gourmet Heaven worker
  • Unidad Latina en Accion

Some news outlets have already broken the news (read it on the front page of the New Haven Register), but it’s important to show up to this press conference. This is the first time in ULA’s ten-year history that the police and Board of Alders are speaking publicly — and taking action — on wage theft.

Arrive 15 minutes early so that you have time to get inside and up to the 3rd floor!

Student newspaper urges Yale to evict Gourmet Heaven

Yale Daily News has published a strongly worded editorial urging the university to evict Gourmet Heaven if the deli does not respond to new allegations of retaliatory firings and continuing wage theft. Here’s an excerpt:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

The law, in this case, seems feebly equipped to protect the people that are most vulnerable. The only remaining path to justice is through direct action on the part of our University, which serves as both Gourmet Heaven’s landlord and clientele.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

First, University Properties should pressure Cho to ameliorate employee conditions with the threat of eviction. University Properties is complicit in mistreatment at Gourmet Heaven. It has only been willing thus far to issue a vague statement, promising that it “will not renew the lease of any tenant not in complete compliance with the labor laws.” But we cannot wait until July 2016, when Gourmet Heaven’s lease expires, to address these violations.

Administrators must ensure that the many allegations against Gourmet Heaven — including workplace intimidation, cash payments and deplorable housing conditions  — are fully investigated. And should any allegations be substantiated, University Properties has the legal basis, and the moral obligation, to terminate the lease immediately.

Second, we call for a continued protest and boycott of Gourmet Heaven, both to pressure Cho as well as University Properties. For students to boycott a business on Yale’s property sends a clear message to administrators that we believe something is wrong. And as Gourmet Heaven is our only late-night food option, the boycott sends a message directly to Cho: It’s not that we prefer a different sandwich, but that we will not stomach his unjust labor practices.

The approach we take toward Gourmet Heaven matters beyond this specific case. We have little power to change wage theft on a national level, but we can set the precedent that our community will not tolerate open allegations of worker abuse going unchecked. We do not know the scope of labor injustice in New Haven, or even within University-owned properties. But acting on this one case, we can establish how the University should act when allegations of worker mistreatment arise in the future.

Read the whole editorial on Yale Daily News

NH Register: “Workers claim they were fired”

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“They told me straight up, ‘Cut the bull—-, you no longer work here,’” said a worker named Julio, who would not give his last name, at a noontime protest in front of the Broadway business. Julio is 26 and lives in New Haven.

More than 75 people rallied for the workers, carrying signs and chanting. Three of the four workers who allegedly were let go attended, filing into the store at one point to ask for their jobs back. They were rebuffed and the group left the store.

Read the whole article on New Haven Register