As his is want, Randy Bryce, my cohort in coleslaw, ate early like the old fogy that he is.
By the time I got out of work, by phone was starting to buzz with messages of the other early diners who were saying what a good time they had and what wonderful service they received by Victoria, the union waitress of the evening.
When we arrived at Serb Hall, there was already an impressive group waiting for us in the bar. People like Annie Wacker, Vice President of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, and Wendy Strout, Executive Director of Emerge Wisconsin. There was also Rick and Linda Rumpel who drove in all the way from Watertown. There was Karen Tuerk and Thor Backus who came all the way from Madison to show their support for their union brothers and sisters. There was the always charming Kelley Dee Albrecht, coming up from Burlington to make our evening even more cheerful.
As we were greeting each other and making introductions, I saw my friend Arlene Renner and many members of her family already seated and enjoying their meal.
|Arlene Renner (front, left) and the|
Following our own rule of thumb of not eating if we weren't being waited on by a union server, we started to discuss where we should go to have our dinner. It was then that I caught Victoria's attention. She said that she had been planning on leaving, but said that she would not turn her back on us after we've shown such strong support for her and her fellow union members, she agreed to stay on and had us seated.
Management was none to happy about this as they set up the extra tables to accommodate our growing numbers.
|The King's Table|
And for once meaning in the best possible way, there were more.
|Luz Sosa and two of her friends|
A good time was indeed had by all. And we made sure that we gave an extra good tip to Victoria, not only to support her and her coworkers in their struggle to keep management from busting their unions, but in our appreciation of staying later just to take care of us.
Victoria wanted to make sure that she expressed her gratitude to everyone who came out to support them for these past eight weeks.
She also emphasized that just as she was helping non-union workers last week, this week the same waitress had helped her this week when she got slammed with a big table and many requests for her.
One would think that the way that the union waitresses are staying busy all night long while the others aren't, management at Serb Hall would have figured out that they would stand to gain even more by bargaining in good faith and even letting the union expand to include the other servers.
But sadly, the have not yet accepted this truth.
So we'll just go back next Friday for Week #9, because a Solidarity Fish Fry is quite divine!