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canada goose deals After the Sept. 11 terror attacks, she was invited by the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union to found the worker center. Despite charges from the restaurant industry that the group is a union in disguise, she insists that as rabble rousing and litigious as the center may be, it is not a union.

buy canada goose jacket “We are not interested in getting a collective bargaining agreement or servicing grievances that workers have in an ongoing way,” cheap Canada Goose she says, noting that fewer than 3 percent of the city’s 165,000 restaurant workers are unionized. “What we’re trying to do is to get settlement agreements. We’re trying to get justice for workers.”.