Last month, Snarf’s Sandwiches—a Colorado-based fast food chain—abruptly fired all fourteen of the employees at their 600 W. Chicago Ave store just three days before Christmas—citing “remodeling and reconcepting” as the basis of their decision.
Today all fourteen of these employees have been compensated a month’s pay and guaranteed jobs with the company.
Street Narrative caught up with employee Kevin Brown in December immediately following his firing which he described as “suspicious” given the close proximity to his participation alongside coworkers in a December 5th strike spearheaded nationally by the Fight for 15 campaign.
Following the abrupt dismissal Brown and his coworkers staged actions in the Chicago Ave store as and its sister location at 180 N. Stetson Ave—in addition to publically posting director of operations, Doug Besant’s phone number—encouraging customers to voice their disapproval of Snarf’s decision and to demand compensation for the workers.
Snarf’s maintains that the initial decision to fire these fourteen workers was made strictly in terms of “increased competition and losses,” and that their subsequent change of heart is a realization of “poor judgment” on their behalf—not because of public backlash or the employee’s union activity.
Regardless of Snarf’s reasoning, their decision to concede to their employees demands is a major victory for the national workers fight.
Kevin Brown issued the following statement to the moveon.org email group that he had been gaining petition signatures through:
“Today is a great day! We won!! After speaking out and denouncing our firing, we have reached an agreement with Snarf’s. The agreement guarantees one month’s back pay and reinstatement to any worker who wants go back to work. This victory has helped to show that when workers come together to fight against injustice they can win! We believe now more than ever that nothing is going to get better unless we stand together. We thank you for standing with us, because without you this wouldn’t have been possible.”