The restaurant workers who were fired and locked out of their store for organizing a union have won after a week of escalating protests outside the Manhattan pizzeria. Saturday afternoon, the owner declared that he had bowed to the workers demands to reopen the store, rehire all the workers and recognize their newly formed union, an inspiring labor victory at a time when many are attacking the power of unions.
The workers were elated, but a little skeptical–especially after months of negotiating with Samson’s bitterly anti-labor lawyers.
“Until I see it I don’t believe it. Sincerely, I want to be positive but there are a lot strange things that have happened. They might be hiding something up their sleeves,” said Lopez.
The workers said that the picket will remain in place until the store reopens, calling for continued support until everyone is back at work.