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Amato's Pizza Sees Worker Backlash

Walking along Queen West with friends yesterday it was hard to miss a group of 4 young women protesting outside popular local eatery, Amato's pizza.

According to the girls (and their pizza slice shaped pamphlets), the protest is against Amato's because of one worker being owed $8,000 in wages. She insists that she's not the only one owed wages and that after months of broken promises, it's come to this.

On the flyer were all the phone #'s for the Amato's execs. We phone 'em up. The president hasn't got a machine or someone taking his calls. He's happy to answer, hears our complaint and then asks if he can give us more perspective.

He tell us the whole tangled story... how the worker was fired a while back and that it isn't straight pay, but severance/back-wages she's owed. How they've already dealt with lawyers and how payment is just in processing but that the worker has decided to picket until she sees the cheque. He tells the whole story, calmly saying that he's happy to answer questions as he has nothing to hide.

Impressed, we decide not to banish delicious Amato's.

Question now though... Slick President or psychotic employee? Neither? Both? We'll probably stay out of it. ;)


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