Issue #10 RTA Shuttle Proposal

When We Fight, We Win!

RTA Proposes Late-Night Shuttle Services for Hospitality Workers

Since early 2017, the New Orleans Hospitality Workers’ Alliance has been demanding that the RTA listen to workers’ calls for more reliable public transportation. As workers, we know that the RTA is not providing us with safe and time efficient ways to get to and from work. We know that the commute to New Orleans East can take three or more hours, that buses never come on time, get cancelled during Mardi Gras, and workers are expected to work long hours for low pay and no access to accessible public transportation - and we know this ain’t right.

After constant disruption and push-back by workers at the RTA board meetings, the RTA released a draft proposal to provide shuttle services to late-night hospitality workers from work to their homes. The draft states that workers could get picked up at work by an RTA shuttle and taken to their homes between 8 pm to 4 am for $2. This proposal mirrors the demands that the NOHWA has been making for two years. However, we know that this is just the first step. This proposal is just a draft, and there is no clear timeline as to when it will be implemented. We must hold the RTA accountable.

We continue to demand that the RTA to honor the workers of this city by offering more frequent and expanded bus routes, more bus stops downtown or FREE shuttle services for workers, and more frequent and expanded bus routes. for the RTA to honor the workers of this city. The same workers who have hours- long commutes to and from work are the ones that are making billions of dollars for the city. Our work and livelihoods must be taken seriously. If you are a worker who relies on the bus to get to and from work and are interested in joining us in this fight.

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The New Orleans Hospitality Workers Alliance is an organization created by and for hospitality workers. Our purpose is to organize ourselves and our fellow hospitality workers so that we may secure just working conditions in our industry ----- wages we can live on, benefits to support ourselves and our families, and freedom from harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

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Open Meeting

April 8th

7PM

1418 N Claiborne

(Workers Only, NO BOSSES)

Work Week Ordinance Campaign:

NOHWA Fights For Sick Pay and Scheduling Laws

-By Ashlee Pintos

One of the most exciting ongoing struggles that the NOHWA has undertaken is the fight to pass the Work Week Ordinance. It is a simple ordinance that would provide basic labor laws concerning scheduling as well as 12 paid sick days! This ordinance, in various forms, has been passed in several U.S. cities such as San Jose, San Francisco, Emeryville, Seattle, NYC, DC. Just this year, Austin, Texas became the first city in the South to pass paid sick days for workers.

As anyone who has worked in the industry knows, one of the greatest issues that workers face is abusive and inconsistent scheduling. We don’t get any paid sick days, let alone the ability to call off work when we are sick without fear of getting fired. Pregnant workers and new mothers have no job security for maternity leave, and are often pushed off of schedules once they are far into their pregnancy. Thousands of us workers throughout the city do not receive our schedules until the night before or the same day that we might have to work, and schedules are different from week-to-week.

This causes major problems with scheduling doctor’s appointments, childcare, and keeps parents from being able to be involved in their child’s education (parent-teacher conferences, school events, etc). Lastly, the lack of sick leave in the industry leaves thousands going to work sick every year. Especially with this past year’s flu epidemic (one of the worst ever), it is incredibly unsafe and unsanitary for hospitality workers to be serving/cooking food and dealing with tourists while they are ill.

Because managers and bosses are often in charge of making schedules, another huge problem in the industry is that they use scheduling as a tool to keep the workers down and to make workers do whatever they want. Currently, if a manager does not like a worker, they can simply schedule the worker on slower days, or change their shifts from nights one week to days the next just to try and get the worker to quit. If worker turns down a manager’s request to work a double, the worker’s schedule the next week might be the manager’s punishment. This is also a tool for sexual harassment where bosses have been known to hold worker’s shifts over their heads if they do not do what the boss wants. Favorites are always clear: the boss’ favorites get the best shifts which only serves to further divide workers.

This Ordinance, when passed, will put scheduling in the worker’s hands: it will no longer be a tool of the bosses to exploit the workers!

This Ordinance, when passed, will put scheduling in the worker’s hands: it will no longer be a tool of the bosses to exploit the workers!

This Ordinance, when passed, will put scheduling in the worker’s hands: it will no longer be a tool of the bosses to exploit the workers!

Submit A Workers Letter Or Quote To:

neworleanshospitalityworkers@gmail.com

Doorman’s Corner:

“I just wanted to take one day off because I was sick and they said they needed a doctors note.

How the fuck do they need a doctors note if they don’t give me insurance?”

-Anonymous doorman, French quarter

Pedicab Driver’s Corner:

“When the weather is bad or cold, pedicabbers can expect to make little or no money. During the winter months, leaving an 8 hour shift with less than $50 (or $20) is common. Yet we are constantly under pressure from management to show up and fill out these worthless shifts, waiting in the bad weather for hours with no rides and no income guarantee, under threat of not being allowed to work the valuable Mardi Gras and festival season shifts.”

-Anonymous pedicab driver

Food Runner’s Corner:

“Front of house is pure monotony. As a food runner I was just running in a circle all day long.

It was extreme monotony”

-Geron, food runner at Drago’s

SERVERS CORNER: COOKS CORNER:

“When i was sixteen serving “if I had a penny for

tables my co worker got asked every-time I’ve heard my

how much for a blow job and boss say to me “if you

instead of asking him to leave got time to lean you got

the restaurant my boss took her time to clean” I could pay

off the table and put me on” rent.”

-Anonymous server -Anonymous, cook, FQ

“People are saying the customer “For the past six months,

is always right and that’s the place I work at uptown

bullshit” has just refused

-Torriona, server in FQ to hire a dishwasher for

“So I was like 14 at the time our busiest day. The boss

and I was walking home from doesn’t come in, there’s

my first job ever as a server only one person on the

in the French Quarter. I was line, and we have catering

wearing a pink shirt and some orders on top of our

skinny jeans, and this guy on regular prep. Every week,

the street calls me over. He after I’m done with all

says ‘here I’ll give you 20 bucks my work, before we can

to talk to me’ and I was like even start to close the

hell yeah 20 bucks just to talk. kitchen down, we gotta

And so he put his hand on my wash all the dishes from

back, and he brought it down the whole day. At first I

closer and closer to my ass, and thought they’d hire a new

i was getting more and more dishwasher eventually.

uncomfortable looking around Now I figure they’re just

if anyone would help me. No trying to save money. “

one did, and then he grabbed J. M. B., prep cook, UPT

my ass. And I was like ‘yo back “I used to work in the

off ’ and then when I got back kitchen at Mr. B’s Bistro

he reached out and just grabbed in the quarter. I would

my dick. And shit like that have old men trying to hit

happens all the time to servers on me all day everyday.”

and bartenders in the Quarter” -Prep cook, FQ

-Anonymous server on Decatur

“My boss keeps putting servers “Felix’s is the worst place

alone in the front and then to work. I was there for

leaving to the back to go hover years and years and the

over the kitchen, and I’m here chef still talked to me like

trying to focus on tables that I didn’t know anything

actually tip me but the phones about cooking.”

ringing for delivery orders and Jimmy, cook, FQ

he just expects us to take care of “I’m working the line the

all this unpaid work ourselves” other day with orders

-Anonymous server at piling up and some dumb

Reginelli’s Pizzeria kid comes and asks me

“We run this city and we don’t what’s in the gluten free

have any parking, we can hardly bread. Asking me if it’s

make rent. We need a union.” rice flour or buckwheat

- Anonymous server, FQ or some thing. You really

think I got time for this??

- Gabby, line cook, UPT

Hostesses Corner:

“So there was a table at our restaurant that was hitting

on this waitress and asking her her number, so she

kept saying ‘uh, no.’ And then these guys just walked

up to my boss said ‘she won’t give us her number.’ And

so my boss walked up to this waitress and said ‘give

them your number.”

- Anonymous host

“One of our servers went on a date with a friend of

one of our owners’ friends, who is a married but

separated woman. She’s technically married, but

getting divorced. Actually it might not have been a

date, as far as I know they were just hanging out. Our

owner found out about it, and so she just fired her.”

- Anonymous host

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Hotel Boss Joe Jaeger Makes Millions

Off The Labor Of Hotel Workers

So WTF does he do? Buys a 3.1 million dollar plantation

Jaeger owns several hotels and properties in New

Orleans such as the Jung Hotel, Residences on

Canal Street, Omni Royal, and Hotel Royal.

This rich Assh**** is known for having a sick

leave policy of telling workers to not get sick.

Those millions should have been used to lift the

workers wages, provide paid sick leave and other

benifits! Not to buy a plantation.

BILL OF RIGHTS BOX

The Hospitality Workers Alliance is comprised of hospitality industry

workers that are organizing for respectful treatment, living wages and equal resources for

all hospitality workers in New Orleans. Below is our Bill of Rights which we dutifully stand

by and promote for present and future hospitality workers.

1. Parking and Public

Transportation: Employees

are either provided with a free

parking spot that is a close,

safe distance away from the

workplace or with a voucher

for public transportation.

Public transportation will be

reliable and running at times

when workers are going to

and from work.

2. Wages: Employees are able to

make a livable base wage of

$15 an hour.

3. Breaks: Employees are able to

take a paid break if they want.

4. Affordable Childcare and

Maternity Leave: Employers

will provide affordable

childcare to employees who

have children. Mothers

will receive paid maternity

leave and are guaranteed

reemployment.

5. Sick Pay: Every worker is

guaranteed paid sick days

without retaliation.

6. Meals: Employers must

provide their employees with

a balanced, healthy meal free

of cost.

7. Scheduling and Hours:

Employees are given a

predictable weekly schedule

and the option of either part-

time or full-time work.

8. Harassment: Employees work

in an environment free of

all forms of discrimination

based on one’s disability, race,

sex, gender identity, religion,

sexual orientation, language,

or nationality. Management is

also responsible for protecting

and stopping their employees

from being harassed by

customers.

9. Protect Immigrants:

Employers protect employees

from ICE raids and declare

their establishment as a

sanctuary.

10. Pensions: Workers receive a

livable monthly pension after

workers voluntarily choose to

retire

11. Healthcare: Employees

have access to affordable

healthcare.

12. Wage Theft: Employees are

protected from wage theft.

13. Vacation Time: Employers

provide their employees with

paid vacation time.

14. Comprehensive Emergency

Plan: When there is a natural

disaster, workers must

be given the opportunity

to evacuate without

repercussions from their

bosses. Workers must receive

compensation from their

employer for the missed shifts

caused by the natural disaster.

If a worker chooses to stay

and work during a predicted

disaster, then they must be

provided with transportation,

food, and accommodation.

Who Are We? We Are Workers!

The New Orleans Hospitality Workers Alliance is an organization created by and for hospitality workers. We fight for our long overdue rights using the power of collective struggle. Under the guidance of labor history we know that an organized workforce is how workers win.

This city has 100,000 hospitality workers! Organized & united we have the power to shut this city down. If we all went on strike tomorrow then the money would stop flowing, and our bosses and representatives would have no choice but to adhere to our demands.

We are opposed to all forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. We support full rights & protections for our immigrant coworkers. We understand that our bosses use tactics that weaponize forms of discrimination to further divide workers. We must stand firm against these divisive tactics.

Our purpose is to organize our fellow hospitality workers so that we may secure just working conditions in our industry-- wages we can live on, benefits to support our families, and freedom from harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Only through organizing will we be able to demand a better future for hospitality workers. We fight for better working conditions, both for workers currently in the industry and the children in the community who will inherit the industry.

Join us! Together we will win!