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Urgent Action! - PHONE ZAP IN SUPPORT OF FIRED NYC UNION BARISTA

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union barista Jeffrey W. Bauer was wrongfully fired for organizing at Ozzie's Coffee & Tea in New York City on June 29th, 2010.

The NYC IWW has been engaged in a fight for justice for Fellow Worker Jeff Bauer, both through Direct Action and filing Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs) with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

PHONE ZAP General Store Manager, Rafael at both Ozzie's locations!!!!

Thursday, September 30th. Noon to 5 pm EST call (718) 768-6868 ask for Rafael or available manager.

Friday, October 1st. 10 am to 3 pm EST call (718) 398-6695 Ask for Rafael, Melissa or available manager.

Demand that...

  • 1. Union barista Jeff Bauer be immediately reinstated.
  • 2. Ozzie's treat their employees with respect and obey Federal Labor Laws.
  • 3. Stop lying about Jeff Bauer's work ethic to the NLRB and the media.

IWW union barista Jeff Bauer worked at Ozzie's for over a year and proved himself to be a hard worker with a strong work ethic. The quality of his labor was never questioned before his union affiliation was leaked to management. In fact, Jeff was offered the General Store Manager position before it was given to Rafael, but turned it down on principal as it went against his political beliefs as both an anarchist and a unionist.

Jeff Bauer was often praised by management and coworkers for how hard he worked until word got out that he helped book a benefit for the NYC branch of the IWW on May Day of 2010. When management was made aware Jeff Bauer was organizing with the 105 year old radical labor union their response was harsh.

Jeff was subjected to mistreatment, harassment and verbal abuse. Jeff came under extreme scrutiny, was demoted as a key-holder and suffered a sever cut in hours when he stood up for a coworker who was physically assaulted and threatened by the General Store Manager's partner on the shop floor.

Jeff Bauer then led a legally protected union delegation of 6 people into the store to demand his hours back, his first and final warning be retracted in writing and for General Store Manager Rafael to be reprimanded for his mistreatment of workers. After Ozzie's co-owner Melissa Azulai received the demand letter, Jeff Bauer was immediately removed from the schedule and then unlawfully terminated.