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Restaurant workers get support

first_imgWW photo: Anne PrudenA strong, multinational protest took place on July 19 in front of the Capital Grille on East 42nd Street, a restaurant for the 1%. It was called during “Restaurant Week” by Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY), to which some Capital Grille workers belong. The nonprofit organization seeks improved working conditions for restaurant workers throughout the city. Occupy Wall Street organizers with “99-Pickets” and activists with Community/Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services, May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights, and other groups joined the lively protest.The demonstration condemned the restaurant’s theft of wages, racial discrimination and management’s profiting from the racist exploitation of its workers. With some dressed in restaurant workers’ uniforms, protesters passed out fliers exposing “Capital Grille’s dirty dishes!” Capital Grille workers in five cities are part of a lawsuit claiming they worked off the clock without compensation and were forced to share tips with some nontipped co-workers. They have filed racial discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission because immigrant workers and workers of color have labored for almost eight years without being promoted to servers.Meanwhile, Darden Restaurants, the parent company of the Capital Grille, earned half a billion dollars in profits in 2011, which went to executives and Wall Street investors, such as JPMorgan Chase. Yet workers have no paid sick leave. They must work more than one job during a shift for the same pay and end up working for years without a raise.Capital Grille workers are fighting mad and fighting back! They will win this one with unity, solidarity and working-class strength. The growing awareness via the OWS movement and increased union-busting attempts at Con Edison, Verizon and the U.S. Postal Service have fired up many in the working class. For more information about Capital Grille’s dirty dishes, go to DignityatDarden.org and support the next ROC-NY protest!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Duke Special sings ‘1969’ by Limerick hitmaker Aaron Hackett

first_imgSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Twitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Aaron HackettOf the song, Aaron says ” this song is about teenage love in the 1960s in the USA – hanging out in diners, playing pool, sneaking out after hours and being ‘bad kids in the dark’. In order to get through to the orchestra finale on August 30, Duke’s song must be higher in the charts than the song he was up against in the show – ‘Prayin’ by Johnny Logan.At time of writing, Johnny Logan is at number 17 and Duke is at number 19!If you missed Duke’s Episode of the RTÉ TV show “The Hit”, you can watch it here; http://www.rte.ie/player/gb/show/10188590/To support Limerick’s Aaron Hackett  and his song, fans have to eitherText Song1 to 57082.Voting ends midnight Thursday.Or;Download from iTunes link is: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/1969/id685558831?i=685561522 Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Facebook Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended First Irish death from Coronavirus LifestyleEntertainmentNewsLocal NewsDuke Special sings ‘1969’ by Limerick hitmaker Aaron HackettBy Eric Fitzgerald – August 15, 2013 854 Printcenter_img WhatsApp Previous articlePoverty to fuel 200 college drops outsNext articleMinors face untested Galway Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog www.musiclimerick.com where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement BELFAST singer Duke Special is currently at No. 19 on the download charts with his version of ‘1969’ by Limerick songwriter Aaron Hackett. On last Friday’s episode of The Hit on RTÉ, Duke chose to record and release the 16 year old’s track. It now has to achieve a higher chart placing by midnight tonight (Thursday 15) than rival song ‘Prayin’ by Johnny Logan for Duke and Aaron  to remain in the competition with a first prize €20,000. TAGSfeaturedfull-image Email Linkedinlast_img read more

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Suicide patrol volunteers operating out of car boots

first_img Previous articlePhotos: After Dark at the Bell X1 gig at Lime Tree TheatreNext articleTour of visual arts in town – open weekend Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. John Costelloe, Sinn Féin. Photo: Cian ReinhardtVOLUNTEERS who respond to people contemplating suicide are operating out the back of their own cars, Limerick city councillors were told at their monthly meeting on Monday.Cllr John Costello (SF) had proposed that the council provide a base for the various suicide patrols who walk the banks of the River Shannon in every kind of weather.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Many years ago, I saw a young girl drown in the river and it has affected me ever since.“Limerick Suicide Watch has 67 members and they are hoping to recruit more. To say these people are the guardians of our riverbanks is an understatement”.The Sinn Féin councillor said that the lease on the premises that serves as the group’s base is about to expire and it was “incumbent on this council to provide a facility for this wonderful group”.City West councillor, James Collins (FF) said that there are a number of suicide patrol groups as well as a land search and recovery group.“They are all volunteers providing an invaluable service in their own time and at their own expense. I met one group and they operate out of the back of their cars.“They have no base, no place to store or dry equipment. Even if was a shared space, we should provide a facility for these groups.”City East councillor, Kieran O’Hanlon (FF) suggested a shared facility with St Michael’s Rowing Club at the former Cleeves factory site.“We are a university city and we have a lot of young students who have tragically taken their own lives,” he said.City North councillor, Frankie Daly (IND) suggested that “something as simple as a converted freight container could be a start and it could be used by all of the groups”.However, Solidarity councillor for City North, Mary Cahillane warned that any interim measure could become a permanent solution.“We have a suicide rate which is double the national average but when the volunteers talk someone down, they need somewhere to bring them.“Not only should the council provide a space but we should also look at providing a full-time counsellor”.Cllr Sean Lynch (FF) said there was nowhere for families to turn when there is a mental health crisis.“We need a centre of excellence here. The only such centre is in Dublin. We need a bigger conversation about this”.City North councillor, John Gilligan suggested that whichever company gets the contract for the planned building works along the river should be told that the provision of a centre for the services was a condition of the contract.Metropolitan Mayor Daniel Butler (FG) said it would be wrong to give the impression that there was nothing in Limerick for mental health.“There are many organisations such as My Mind, Blue Box and Pieta House. What we are talking about here are people in crisis. People are admitted to the psychiatric assessment unit at University Hospital Limerick and they can be there for a week without seeing a psychiatrist. Then they leave and it happens all over again,” he said. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Print Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Email Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Twitter Advertisement WhatsApp Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow NewsCommunityPoliticsSuicide patrol volunteers operating out of car bootsBy Bernie English – February 22, 2019 1241 TAGSCommunityNewspolitics Facebooklast_img read more

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