After nearly three months, Acme Food & Beverage Company workers ended their strike on Feb. 17 — and most of them are vacating their positions at the restaurant.
The strike began on Nov. 26 to protest unfair labor practices, including abuse of power and sexual misconduct by owner Kevin Callaghan.
Madison Burns, who had been a server at Acme since May and served as a spokesperson for the workers, said she believes the strike was successful.
In a statement on Instagram, former Acme strikers said they were able to achieve robust anti-harassment policies and training for staff.
“We are proud to leave some level of protection for people that might work there in the future,” Burns said.
However, the former strikers also said they were uncomfortable with the restaurant’s response to their demands for accountability, which led most of them to vacate their positions and redirect their work toward more broad change for workers.
According to the Instagram statement, the former strikers said they felt the restaurant was more concerned with its public image than its employees' well-being.
In an email statement to The Daily Tar Heel, Callaghan said Acme appreciates "the learning that this event has brought" and that it is excited to open its dining room once again.
Callaghan said in a recent statement posted on the Acme website that he feels responsible for creating a safe and comfortable work environment as an employer.