OCF Coffee House Shutters Amid Unionization Efforts

OCF Coffee House Shutters Amid Unionization Efforts

Real estate developer Ori Feibush abruptly closed his three OCF Coffee House locations, citing rising costs, reduced sales, and lease expirations. The decision came just a week after employees announced their intent to unionize and filed a petition for a union vote. Feibush attributed the closures, which affected 45 workers, to the financial and logistical burdens of responding to the unionization, calling the costs "staggering." Employees, who received the news via email, felt blindsided and viewed the move as retaliatory. Despite the closures, the workers, supported by Local 80 and community allies, remain committed to their organizing efforts. Feibush explained that the cafes had never been profitable and were subsidized by his real estate business. He had planned to consolidate operations to reduce losses but said the sudden unionization campaign made financial stability unattainable. Former employees and union representatives are mobilizing protests and legal support to continue their fight for labor rights.

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