Bed-Stuy Daily Press Cafe Workers Push to Form Union
Workers at the Daily Press—a cafe and bar on Somers Street and Rockaway Avenue—announced Wednesday their intention to file for union recognition with Workers United NY/NJ. The move comes after Daily Press' owner in October announced "drastic and sudden" cuts to their hours. In response, the workers began to organize for a union to represent the eleven employees.
Daily Press employee Amber Crabb said unionizing was about protecting a community-hub in Ocean Hill. "Local teachers gather before school, FDNY Captains host weekly squad meetings, artists collaborate, people network with future employers, and remote workers find an office away-from-home," Crabb said. "When hours were cut, every employee had the right to think 'That’s not my problem!' and find work elsewhere. We all see a fostered community that is absolutely worth preserving.” Read more in Patch.