Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Nitehawk Cinema Workers in New York Join Union Despite Union-Busting Campaign

Nitehawk Cinema workers

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our Service & Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

After notifying management last month of their intention to organize with the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) Local 2179, workers at Nitehawk Cinema’s Prospect Park location in Brooklyn voted in favor of the union last weekend.

Staff at the dine-in theater cited unfair labor practices, unstable pay, harassment and scheduling and safety concerns as core reasons for forming a union. The Nitehawk Workers Union bargaining unit includes full and part-time bartenders, line cooks, food runners, porters and servers. While the Nighthawk owner and management deployed scare tactics, spread misinformation about unions and intimidated staff across departments, workers secured a victory in their election.

“I have seen my co-workers persist and adapt through unimaginable understaffing that continues to overwork and exhaust us,” said Nitehawk lead server Sabrina, in a statement when workers first went public with the campaign. “We deserve safe working conditions and a livable wage reflective of the competitive nature of our job. We have put up with a lack of respect from management for far too long.”