Randy Bryce took the first shift and was able to see Tammy Baldwin and Tom Barrett making the rounds:
|Image courtesy of Randy Bryce|
They were gone by the time my wife and I made it there, but that's OK. She has a senate race to win and I'm sure had a lot of other things to do.
We arrived a little before 7 pm, but things were so bus for the union waitress we still had to wait a half hour before being seated.
Our waitress this week was Victoria:
I tell ya, I got tired watching that woman go! There was no shuffle in her step as she did the work of any three non-union servers!
As we were being seated at our table, I looked up only to see a Facebook friend, Rick Rumpel point at my Blue Fist shirt - my official Solidarity Fish Fry eating shirt - and give me a thumbs up. He then rolled down his sleeve far enough to show off his fist tattoo on his forearm.
Oh, this is gonna be a good night, I thought.
We were joined shortly by another friend, Christine Ballewske and her husband Gary:
|Gary and Christine|
But one of the best parts of the evening was when I saw my friend Dave Redemann there. He brought a friend who he introduced to me. His friend was Steve Murphy, who was visiting all the way from England:
|Steve Murphy and Dave Redemann|
Now, for the real news, some good and some bad.
The good news is that I heard that there has been some movement on the contract negotiations. Not a lot of movement, but we are having a positive effect and hell yes, we're going back for fifths next week!
The bad news is that Patricia, the waitress we've had for the past three weeks, has left. She had an opportunity elsewhere and was tired of the general manager, Tom Miller, harassing her and being abusive towards her, so she took the chance to leave.
That leaves them with only five union waitresses. In the past year or two, they've lost about 2/3 of their unionized staff.
We need to keep up the pressure on our forks and on management to show them how important the unions are to their business and to us, the paying customers.
So I want to see a huge turnout next week. The elections will be over and we will all need a good chance to unwind. And I can think of a better way to start our first post-election weekend than with a good old-fashioned Milwaukee fish fry.
What say you? Will you join us?