Friday, November 16, 2012 - 12:00pm
Hot and Crusty, on the northwest corner of 63rd Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan
Press Conference Scheduled for Friday, November 16, 12:00 Noon
Hot and Crusty Workers to Return to Work under New Ownership after 55-Day PicketUnion’s Demands Met With Precedent-Setting Three-Year Contract
NEW YORK CITY, NOVEMBER 11 – After a two-month campaign to protest the August 31 closing of the Hot and Crusty restaurant/bakery on 63rd Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan, workers announced that they have come to an agreement with the new ownership of the store, following several weeks of negotiations with investors Anthony Illuzzi and David Kaye. They will return to the job under a new collective bargaining agreement that provides for union recognition and a union hiring hall, paid vacation and sick time, wage increases, seniority, and grievance and arbitration procedures. Widely regarded as a precedent-setting contract for the restaurant industry, the agreement was enthusiastically welcomed by the union that the employees established earlier this year, the Hot and Crusty Workers Association.