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Workers fired over email just days before Christmas

It’s something you’d expect from Ebenezer Scrooge: Firing 20 employees of a sandwich shop days before Christmas.

The employees of Snarf’s sandwich shop in Chicago were notified via email that they lost their jobs and the store was closing.  They were terminated effective December 23.

The email also thanked them for their service and wished them well.

These same employees protested earlier this month outside Snarf’s.  They were asking for a raise from $9.50 an hour to $15 and better benefits.

Snarf’s says the shop closed because it wasn’t doing well and this time of year is slow.   They will remodel and possibly add burgers to the menu and then reopen early next year.

Snarf’s said they regret that this coincided with the holiday season.

A spokesperson for the workers said, “These workers and their families depend on their salaries to meet their basic needs.  We demand that Snarf’s reinstate these terminated workers once they reopen and pay them severance. “

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4 Comments to “Workers fired over email just days before Christmas”

    bro said:
    December 23, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    So they weren’t fired ‘over’ email; they were fired ‘by’ email. There’s a big difference. A command of the English language is a useful thing, especially in a journalist.

    As far as being fired by email goes, if you’re being paid below poverty levels it’s probably all you can expect. All workers must refuse to work for them. If government can’t prevent these exploitative companies, consumers should avoid them. Don’t give your money to these scumbags, even if they do offer burgers in future!

    Dick Beninya said:
    December 24, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    This is exactly how the $15 fast food fight will play out

    Eric said:
    December 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    You make sandwiches for a living… That is unskilled lave not worth $15/hr and certainly not $15/hr plus better benefits.. Reinstate them and pay severance?? What a joke…. Hope they learned their lesson about pushing for unwarranted pay if no one takes the job they will be forced to pay more , but as long as the position can be filled then the pay is set correct… Don’t take a job where you agreed to the pay, and then demand more once you get the job….

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