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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Deli owner busted in labor fight

  • 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

VIDEOS: Students & fired workers unite

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During Christmas break, while Yale students were away, the on-campus deli fired four workers in retaliation for their Department of Labor complaint. More than 75 students and community members showed up on January 15, 2014, to demand their jobs back, a living wage, and full payment of back wages owed. Check out the video from WTNH channel 8 above!

Check out the video from Fox News here.

Join us every Friday at 5:30 pm outside Gourmet Heaven on 15 Broadway!  Help us raise awareness. Show the workers they are not alone!

Trick or Treat or Boycott Gourmet Heaven

Friday, November 1, 2013 /// 5:30 pm /// 15 Broadway, New Haven

This week: something special. Day of the Dead puppets will parade outside Gourmet Heaven demanding fair wages for the workers.

For almost three months we have been picketing outside Gourmet Heaven to let customers know that this deli-grocery owes the workers thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.

Join in the fun by wearing a costume on the picket line!

Channel 8: “Yale stepping in on Gourmet Heaven wage issue”

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Yale is stepping in saying they will terminate the lease with the deli if issues between management and staff aren’t resolved…

Yale University Vice President, Bruce Alexander released the following statement to student leaders that reads in part:

“Yale University Properties shares the concerns about the alleged labor violations at Gourmet Heaven. We strongly condemn unfair labor practices and will not renew the lease of any tenant not in complete compliance with the labor laws regarding fair treatment of employees.”