NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A union formed by the singing waiters and waitresses at Manhattan’s well known Ellen’s Stardust Diner held a protest Saturday afternoon over a string of server firings that the union says were unjust.
According to the protesters, 18 servers were fired in September within days of the union going public.READ MORE: Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Children At Bronx Day Care Since 2018 Arrested
One woman told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern that she had worked at the diner for eight years.
“I felt awful, I mean this place has been my home for years. I’ve worked here during holidays, during hurricanes,” she said.READ MORE: Overnight Gun Violence: 3 Men Shot In Queens, Innocent Woman Shot In Brooklyn, NYPD Says
The restaurant did not comment on the union’s complaints, including what another woman called a hostile work environment.
“A Jewish employee was talking to management about a specific table, and they didn’t know that she was Jewish and the manager said, ‘well you know how Jews are,'” she said.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Suspect In Custody For Possible DWI After Injuring Officer At Traffic Checkpoint In Lower Manhattan
Meanwhile, customers lined up around the block to get into the diner, many not seeing the protesters out front.