April 1, 2013

CONTACT: Russell Bannan
SC Jobs with Justice Organizing Committee
202.230.0154; rpbannan@gmail.com


As service workers at the Copper River Grill in Boiling Springs will vote this week on forming an independent union, community and other industry workers will "dine-in" to show their support.

BOILING SPRINGS, SC, APRIL 1, 2013 – Restaurant workers, community leaders, labor activists, and others will dine together on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 12:00 PM to show support for the servers, bartenders, and hostesses at Copper River Grill who are voting this week to join the National Workers Association (NWA).

The restaurant workers fight for a voice on the job coincides with the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s march with sanitation workers demanding union recognition in Memphis, where he delivered his famous last “Promised Land” speech before being assassinated on April 4th, 1968.

“I serve food to people all day and I love my job, but I make barely enough to get by. I am a single mother and I have to think about the future of my 9 month old son,” stated Victoria Ballard who has been at Copper River for three years.  “Is it too much to ask that a working mother gets paid enough to put food on my own table without having to rely on food stamps?”

"I plan to join the "dine-in" to show support for these workers' rights and reasonable demands," said Spartanburg Representative Harold Mitchell, Co-chair of the SC Progressive Network. "It's wrong for corporations to rely on tax payers to subsidize their low-wage, high profit policies," Mitchell noted.

Mitchell, who is also Chair of the SC Legislative Black Caucus, pledged to introduce legislation to protect often exploited service workers. "It's against federal law to fire someone for organizing for better pay or working conditions," Mitchell said, "we need to require bosses to have a "just cause" to take someone's livelihood away from them."

Restaurant workers are calling on community, faith, union members, students, and others to show their support and “dine-in” at Copper River Grill at 2104 Hwy 9 in Boiling Springs, SC. 12:00 PM-1:00 PM on Monday April 1, 2013.

“Apparently Copper River thinks that the tax payers are responsible for paying their workers,” stated Spartanburg resident Russell Bannan with South Carolina Jobs with Justice who helped to organize the event. “Because that is what Copper River is saying when they pay hard working employees starvation wages.”

South Carolina Jobs with Justice Organizing Committee is a statewide campaign for workers’ rights. Around the country, local Jobs with Justice Coalitions unite labor, community, faith-based, and student organizations to build power for working people

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