A group of servers who serenade patrons at Time Square’s Ellen Stardust have now, formed a union with — wait for it — the Wobblies (a nickname for the Industrial Workers of the World).
After they unionized earlier this year as Stardust Family United, the owner, Ken Strum, said, Dream on — and wrecked the lives of over 30 staffers by firing them. Now they are picketing outside the venue weekly while singing old union and railroad songs. The waitstaff, consisting of aspiring Broadway actors, decided to organize when new policies prohibited them from easily switching shifts to attend auditions.
“We want to be clear that all of our terminations have been for valid reasons,” said Mr. Strum. “They have been perfectly appropriate under federal and labor laws.”