After years of restaurant brownouts and long vacant real estate, lately Hudson Street (and neighboring 8th Avenue) seemed to be on the up and up, (thanks to recent openings like Caliu, Spasso, Llevito, and a soon-to-open Frankie's outpost). But that doesn't mean an end to drama for some of the neighborhood's longtime standbys. Today Kawa Sushi workers took to the streets to protest the unlawful firing of employee Wen Dong Lin, who stood up against tyrannical working conditions.
According to the flier, Lin and five other workers filed a complaint in federal court against the owners and won back their back wages and jobs, while management signed an agreement not to retaliate. More recently, Lin and the other workers came together to form a union, but management bought off the other workers and fired Lin. And now, a mob of 25 or so angry employees and their families are perched outside the restaurant handing out fliers and urging the neighborhood to boycott.
This strike is yet another of many labor disputes including most recently the Daniel Boulud empire, and previously Saigon Grill and Kawa neighbor, the former Sushi on Hudson (now Sushi West).
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