2007 August 27 Monday
Manhattan Illegal Aliens Try To Unionize Restaurant

They've been fired for their trouble.

NEW YORK -- The deliverymen of Saigon Grill labored for years at the bottom of Manhattan's food chain. Biking swiftly down the avenues in biting cold and searing heat, they schlepped up high-rises and walk-ups with bags of steaming noodles and shrimp fried rice.

Then they surprised their bosses -- and others in this seen-it-all town -- by serving up something unexpected: a revolt.

The 30 men -- all immigrants, including undocumented workers frustrated with the poor conditions and low wages that are often a fact of life in America's underground economy -- banded together in an effort to unionize. They demanded an end to what they say were salaries less than half the minimum wage, and to penalties that included $20 fines for late deliveries and $50 for shutting the restaurant's glass doors with a bang.

How about some labor law enforcement against a restaurant that will pay less than minimum wage? How about immigration law enforcement with deportation for these illegals?

The Washington Post refer to illegal aliens by the Orwellian left-liberal term "undocumented immigrants". They haven't been documented yet.

But the number of immigrants, documented and undocumented, represented by unions surged to 2 million last year, up from 1.6 million in 1996, according to a study by the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute that is scheduled for release next week. By comparison, the number of union-represented U.S.-born citizens dropped to 14.8 million last year, down from 16.5 million in 1996, the study said.

Undocumented? So if the US government identified them all and wrote their names on documents that listed them all as illegal aliens who should be deported would the Post start referring to them as documented? Not unless that meant they gained the legal right to stay here.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 August 27 11:58 PM  Immigration Economics

Kenelm Digby said at August 28, 2007 3:12 AM:

Here is a clear example of why the politics of today's Left are just a pile of deranged, incoherent doggy-doo.

On the one hand the Left screams that these people are terribly exploited (which they are) and demands that they are accorded more rights and higher pay, but on the other hand the Left screams for the unlimited, uncontrolled entry of such types.
The fact is that the political Left seems entirely, willfully ignorant of the Law of Supply and Demand (the only 'law' in economiucs that actually matters a damn)and happily speaks contradictory from both sides of its mouth about this vitally important issue - thus betraying those whom it wishes to 'help' and forming an unholy alliance with their supposed eternal adversary - the vampiric capitalist.

Rob said at August 28, 2007 9:33 AM:


Labor laws against a restaurant that pays less than minimum wage may be difficult to enforce. If the restaurant classifies them as tipped workers, it can pay less than minimum wage. Legally, if tips + salary are less than the minimum wage, the business has to make up the difference, but in reality, they often don't mention that requirement to employees.

Rob said at August 28, 2007 3:39 PM:

I found this article on an automated restaurant.


John Dennis said at August 28, 2007 6:46 PM:

(found the following web item)


There's a water shortage in the southwest, but Bush is helping the situation with his surplus of wetbacks!

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