Labor Laws For Pizza Joint Domino’s

The long lines and unruly crowd has gathered around Manhattan last week and has recently reported that these rallying workers have almost gained victory!

Fighting for their basic rights, these 50 workers have rallied around the Domino’s in 32nd Street and 3rd avenue with a tag line being shouted:  “No Justice, no Pizza!”

This rally has been a stand for all fast-food workers, where every employee is campaigning for fairness.

“Justice Will Be Served” was the reported organizers of this event. Sponsors such as Chinese Staff and Workers Association, National Mobilization Against Sweatshops, and 318 Restaurant Workers Union supported the campaign.

Although a franchise is directly affected by the said event, the case directly goes to the parent corporation, which is Domino’s Pizza Corp. Now the main company is in trouble all because of a violating franchisee, Dave Melton.

In retrospect, 6 former employees have already filed a case against Melton which accumulated over the next years. Cases involved payment below minimum wage, unpaid overtime, no breaks, unsafe environment, forcing employees to deliver on bike, and vengeance on workers who do not follow or stand up against these.

Carlos Rodrigues attests that the said Domino’s franchisee has been earning good profits because of the enforced illegal labor, which was supported by statements from other former employees.

"We want to end this exploitation, and we call on the corporation to also take responsibility for the abuses we suffered as workers there. Many of us worked many hours doing deliveries and we were cheated out of 20 to 25 hours per week of our pay. We call on everyone to join us to end this exploitation." Said another Domino’s employee, Victor.

The campaign has attracted many other outside workers with the rally and Vincent Cao is one of them.

"I was fired because I spoke against unfair labor practices," Cao said. "We're here today to support the Domino's Pizza workers. We say enough sweatshop conditions! All the sweatshop owners, they use asset transfers, closing down, fake bankruptcy, to try to run away and avoid lawsuit. So we will fight to get justice."

What makes Melton’s situation sticky is the fact that he filed bankruptcy just recently. The reasons for the closure is because of poverty out of legal fees, as he claims.

On April 2, The Justice Will Be Served has a scheduled rally again on the same location, hoping that this would pressure Melton on his doings.

"We're calling out to all Domino's workers from different franchises to join us so we can unite against this exploitation and...we are reaching out to all other workers including those of McDonalds and Dunkin' Donuts and Wendy's to come together so we can end this exploitation." Said Carlos Rodrigues.


Posted by Diane Araga, on March 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM