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.

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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. 

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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.

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Meanwhile, customers lined up around the block to get into the diner, many not seeing the protesters out front.