Snarf’s Sub Shop in Chicago That Was Target of Union Thugs Demanding $15 an Hour Shuts Down & Fires Its Employees Via Email Just Days Before Christmas


Question to the ‘Fight for 15′ crowd … which is better $9.50 an hour or $0.00?

Snarf’s Sub Shop in Chicago has closed it’s doors and fired all of their staff just days before Christmas via email. Snarf’s was the target of the SEIU and was closed for four days, from December 5 until December 8, as employees went on striking demanding $15 an hour and better benefits. Now they are all out of work just before the holidays. From the files of, don’t ask for things they might just come true.  So hows that strike and forcing your employer to shut down working out for you now?

You want to be paid $15/hr to make a sandwich, are you kidding?

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Wonder how the guy with the FF15 Victory … Snarf’s Shut Down sign feels about now?

A Chicago sandwich shop has fired all of its 20 staff over email just two days before Christmas.

Staff at Snarf’s Sub Shop in River North received the bad news on Sunday night in a group email notifying them that the drastic action was effective immediately.

The company blamed ‘increased competition and losses’ for the firings.

Director of operations Doug Besant said in the email the restaurant will likely close for a month as they remodel and reconcept the business into a burger joint.

But the move comes less than a month after Snarf’s workers rallied for higher wages.

The email, obtained by, read: ‘Due to increased competition and losses, ownership has decided to consider remodeling and reconcepting the store at 600 West Chicago Ave.

The sandwich shop claims that the firings were not a retaliation for their strike. So what if they were? Chicago fast-food, retail workers join in nationwide protest over wages. Honestly, if my business was hanging on by a thread and individuals picketed by business forcing me to shut down for days, they all would have been fired then. Sorry, making sandwiches is not a $15 a hr. job. Hmm, Chicago is a union town eh, so was Detroit, how are they doing these days?

Clustered around a giant, bright green “Grinch,” the protesters — part of a “100-city strike wave”— are demanding a $15-an-hour wage and the right to form a union without retaliation.

“Chicago is a union town!” they chanted outside Snarf’s Sandwiches, 600 W. Chicago, one of several stops during a planned daylong demonstration in the city.

The group was expected to include workers from McDonald’s, Subway, CVS Pharmacy, Sears — among other companies.

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Snarf’s Sub Shop in Chicago That Was Target of Union Thugs Demanding $15 an Hour Shuts Down & Fires Its Employees Via Email Just Days Before Christmas”

    1. mc on December 25th, 2013 12:13 pm

      Karma can be a real bitch sometimes.

    2. A Texas Grandfather on December 25th, 2013 12:15 pm

      There is no way any fast food chain or any single proprietor can operate in the food business with fifteen dollar per hour employees. This is just another crazy scheme by the socialist unions to force employers to raise wages beyond profitability. It isn’t working except to destroy businesses.

      The unions have destroyed every industry in which they have forced management to accept contracts for wages and work rules. This destruction began with the steel workers strike of 1957 where they would have to work for forty years to make back the wages lost during the prolonged strike.

      Chicago is a viable big city because of the satellite communities adjacent to it. Chicago would have long ago become like Detroit if they were not present.

    3. It's Me on December 25th, 2013 4:28 pm

      Good for Doug. At last someone has the balls to stand up for what is right. I am not against unions but when they become corrupt thats enough to turn me against them.

    4. mc on December 26th, 2013 1:28 pm

      Communists just do not understand how businesses work.

      How they can expect a business to remain viable after hiking wages so much is bewildering.

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