The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Tank Noodle—No Wages!

Mar 15, 2021

The only thing worse than low wages for restaurant servers is no wages. This is what happened at Tank Noodle, a large Vietnamese restaurant on Chicago’s North Side. They made some servers work for tips only—no wage! For others, they would pool the tip money at the end of a shift, which was then partly stolen by management. And they refused to pay overtime.

Workers filed a complaint. After an investigation, the Department of Labor made Tank return 697 thousand dollars in back wages. After stealing almost one million! If that’s the punishment, do you think they’ll ever stop?