Snake Food Service

Like many humans without education or credentials, you get a job in the food service industry. Your wages are surprisingly low; you work long hours; your employer demands a share of gratuities; you are not paid for overtime; and you receive no health care or pension benefits. In this life, it is hard to imagine any future; when you try, all you can see is hard work, trouble and sadness.

You are given hope when various factions of your co-workers mobilize, meeting secretly to organize for better conditions. There is disagreement among the group members as to the proper institutional form your organizing should adopt. Should you form a union, or is there some alternative? An employment lawyer has covered the backside of local buses with advertisements touting his many lucrative litigation successes, and one of your co-workers has spoken to him about the group's workplace-organizing efforts. The lawyer hangs about, barnacle-like, making thinly-veiled suggestions that you and your colleagues should pursue a class action lawsuit with his firm. In the meantime, your Assistant Manager has made clear his inappropriate sexual interest in snakes. He has offered you a promotion in exchange for your "services," plus information on the potential lawsuit and the workers' organizing efforts. Your options are:

Encourage your fellow workers to form a unionVolunteer to become a named plaintiff and class representative in a wage-and-hour class action lawsuit on behalf of your fellow workers Accept the Assistant Manager's offer


About the Red Hook Journal

Tirdad Zolghadr

Red Hook Journal addresses a wide range of issues, but it is ultimately driven by key preoccupations of CCS Bard, its host institution: What are distinctive features inherent to the curating of contemporary art? Are there terminologies, exhibition histories, political stakes, and professional mythologies that set curators apart? Red Hook Journal subscribes to the working assumption that this is indeed the case, and further, that curatorial conventions and prerogatives need to be rendered more tangible and contestable, rather than ever more diffident and hazy. That said, the journal occasionally offers a platform to dissenting opinions.

Editor-in-chief: Tirdad Zolghadr
Assistant Editor: Karly Wildenhaus
Coordinator: Jaime Baird