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IWW Food & Retail Workers United

On behalf of Fellow Worker Moriah “Mo” Karn, the Richmond General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and IU640 (Restaurant, Hotel, & Building Service Workers Industrial Union) are initiating a campaign to demand that $183.18 in unpaid wages be paid in full to fellow worker Karn.

Fellow worker Karn worked as a bartender and waitstaff for 3rd St. Diner located at 218 E. Main St. in Richmond, Virginia. Fellow worker Karn has yet to receive any compensation for their labor after working a total of 86 hours at a wage of $2.13 an hour, between November 3rd and November 22nd, 2011.

Although in the state of Virginia, it is a violation of law to withhold a final paycheck from an employee after removal (see §40.1-29 Va State Code); the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry was of little help.  When fellow worker Karn filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Labor, they were told that because there was no written proof of their hours worked, ie. a time sheet, schedule, etc., and because the employer failed to process her W2 form, there was nothing the Department of Labor could do for her.

In lieu of this news we, on Friday April 6, 2012 a letter was issued to owner, Mr. William “Billy” Polyaris requesting that fellow worker Karn be paid in full by 4:00pm Friday April 12, 2012, or further action would follow.  We received no response.

Whereas the inability of the state to procure justice for workers who are victims of wage theft, and whereas Mr. Polyaris appears to have no issue with exploiting workers, we call upon supporters to participate in a phone blast, putting pressure on management, demanding retribution for Karn and her fellow workers.

Please call the following numbers: 

Mr. William “Billy” Polyaris    (804)218 2204

3rd St. Diner (24 hours)    (804) 788-4750

Sample Script:  (first ask to speak with the manger) Hello, my name is _________ and I’m calling with support of Mo Karn in demanding that they be paid in full, $183.18 in stolen wages.  The working people will not tolerate wage theft by any employer, large or small.  Furthermore we demand that you provide tipped employees’ with a minimum wage of $7.25 and hour,  free shift meals, and that accountability in the form of time sheets be issued to all employee’s at the end of every pay period.

Mr. Polyaris is also co/owner of several “Gentleman’s Clubs” open between 11am & 2am on any given day, except Sunday 7pm – 2am: 

Daddy Rabbits  (804)232.0413
Candy Bar (804)232.5176
Old Dominion Club (804)643.0636
Club Rouge (804)643.2687
End Zone Gentleman’s Club (804)458.2232

You can also leave a message for them on their Facebook pages for various businesses owned by Billy. Here are some links, just copy and paste into your browser.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/3rd-Street-Diner/113101008728204

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daddy-Rabbits/204370952938761

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daddy-Rabbit-End-Zone/142731682406157

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ODC-at-The-Old-Dominion-Club/122638344428302

Have you worked for Mr. Polyaris and have a work story you would like to share? Please consider submitting your testimonial here: [ http://tinyurl.com/85ezo5g ]

Some Facts About Tipped-Employees’ 

The Federal Minimum Wage was last raised in 2009 from $6.55 an hour to $7.25 an hour in July, 2009. Some states (not Virginia) have raised the minimum wage,  however there hasn’t been any legislation to raise the Federal Minimum Wage for tipped employee’s since 1991.

Originally, the federal tipped worker minimum wage was 60% of the full minimum wage.  However, it was frozen at just $2.13 per hour in 1991.  Because it has not been increased at all in the decades since then, it has plummeted in value to less than 30% of the minimum wage.(1)

Many states provide stronger protections for tipped workers by requiring that tipped workers be paid above the federal rate.  Illinois guarantees tipped workers 60% of the minimum wage.  In New York and Connecticut it’s approximately 70%.  And Alaska, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington guarantee tipped workers the full minimum wage – a best practice that has successfully reduced poverty among tipped workers in those states.(2) Why can’t Virginia become one of those states?

According to the National Restaurant Association, 1 in 10 working Americans nationally work in restaurants which collectively register sales exceeding $600 billion.  Virginia restaurants employ over 342,200 people, and were projected to register $12.8 billion in sales.  Restaurant jobs represent 9% of employment in Virginia.

Richmond Industrial Workers of the World | http://www.richmondiww.org | 804-496-1568

Come out to the Wingnut Anarchist Collective for a Post-May Day show, featuring Love Banshee from Toronto.

Love Banshee is a seven piece country-ish band but are also influenced by garage, punk, doo-wop and jazz. You can listen to them here: www.lovebanshee.bandcamp.com

Local musician Pete Hamilton, who performs awesome bluegrass music, will also be playing this show!

And you can come hear local Ben Shirley with his “log-splittin’, pig-shittin’ banjo”!!!

7pm. All Ages. Sober. Bring some money for the touring band/band merch.

2005 Barton Avenue. 804 300 0023 wingnut_collative [at] yahoo.com

Local graphic designer, Bizhan Khodabandeh has designed a May Day 2012 patch for Richmond that we will be printing on April 27th at the Pre-May Day Show at the Wingnut.

The patches are a roughly 4″ x 4″ design so bring pieces of fabric a little larger than that if you want to make a patch, or whatever fabric or shirt you want the image on! We will also have some pre-made for folks too.

Bizhan’s other amazing work can be found online at www.mendedarrow.com  Bizhan has contributed a lot of work into Richmond May Day festivities over the past couple of years, designing previous bandannas and posters.

The Pre-May Day Show is on Friday April 27th at 7pm at 2005 Barton Avenue. There will be music and labor songs by Snail Party, Jake Mayday, and 2 other local acts. Sober, All Ages. No cover charge, but donations for Snail Party from Canada and merch from other bands encouraged.

 

Lots of people have been wondering what the plans are regarding May Day in Richmond this year. Some folks planning some events are getting together on Thursday at 6pm at the Flying Brick Library (506 S Pine St.)

They emailed out an announcement about the meeting, but to a small list of people, so we are passing word along so that more folks can hopefully be included and aware.

They’ve listed some of the events planned, but it is by no means a full list. In addition to the Pre-May Day Show at the Wingnut on Friday April 27th, there are more events TBA.

Please go to the meeting if you are interested in planning for May Day.

More from them…

TO THOSE PLANNING WORKSHOPS, ACTIONS, ETC. AROUND MAY FIRST, OR THOSE WHO
ARE INTERESTED IN ASSISTING IN SOME CAPACITY:

Folks currently functioning as a coordinating committee for May Day and
the preceding weekend have set out a five-day plan of events as a general
guideline based on the intentions/actions being discussed and planned. The
objective of this coordinating body is only to schedule, facilitate space,
and assist others in ensuring fluidity and cross-pollination in all events
and efforts, while encouraging autonomous action.

To ensure a strong but flexible scheme, it is apparent that a central
meeting is dire for organizers to be on the same page.

We are calling for a meeting at 6pm this coming Thursday at The Flying
Brick Library (506 S. Pine St, Richmond, VA 23220). We understand that
this is short notice, but we have little time left and MUST get the ball
rolling. If you cannot make this meeting, please try to submit any
questions or pertinent information to be delivered to this email (try not
to “Reply All”). The facilitators will take care to shop this out. (more…)

Richmonder Jake Mayday has agreed to play the April 27th pre-May Day show at the Wingnut.

Friday April 27th at 7pm, get pumped for the International Worker’s day, May 1st.

Jake will be performing old labor songs to celebrate!

You can check out his music here: www.jakemayday.bandcamp.com

Also performing is Snail Party, from Canada! (more…)

From the May Day Coalition website, we are reposting the schedule of events for this upcoming weekend! It should be a good time to learn from fellow workers, reflect on the history of May Day and the Labor movements, and think about the current state of the labor movement and where we want it to go from here.

The Wingnuts will definitely be at the Really Really Free Market and History of May Day Workshop on Saturday. On Sunday, the whole Food Not Bombs crew will be at the Wingnut from 12:30 til 3:45 making some tasty food for our 4 o’clock meal in Monroe Park (where the Rally and parade are). Anyone interested in helping cook or bringing food for us to cook should, and also, keep in mind that we will need people to come back to the Wingnut after the rally and parade to help us clean up from Food Not Bombs.

May Day! Schedule of Events! / Primero de Mayo! Calendario de Eventos!

May Day 2011 Richmond, VA | Workshops | Rally | Parade
April 30, 2011 – May 1, 2011

Sunday May 1, 2011
Monroe Park (VCU Campus)
Music / Gathering: 3:00 pm
Rally / Food Not Bombs / Speakers: 4:00 pm
Parade: 5:00 pm
Closing Ceremonies: 6:00 pm

For the parade and rally, feel free to bring signs, flags, posters, puppets, banners, leaflets, etc. to let folks know why you came out and what it is about the struggle of working people that you are interested in!

RSVP on Facebook Here! [ http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111284678950426 ]
Workshops | Saturday April 30, 2011

Entering the Workforce: Know Your Rights! 11:00am – 12:30pm
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Ave, Richmond 23227

Members of the Richmond Industrial Workers of the World, a local Union for all workers will host a workshop geared toward educating youth ages 14 and up on their rights in the workplace, and how to fight back when their rights are being violated. This workshop is a collaboration between May Day 2011 and the Richmond Peace and Education Center’s RYPP Youth Peace Summit.

Really Really Free Market!!! 12:00pm- 3:00pm (more…)