[URBAN NOTE] “Fanfare for Hugh’s Room fundraiser upsets unpaid staff”
CBC News’ Stephanie Matteis reports on the employees of beleaguered Toronto music venue Hugh’s Room, upset that while their employers will benefit from a fundraiser their back wages are likely to be left unpaid. Surely they, too, deserve something from the music community?
The fanfare about a potential reopening of Hugh’s pub and entertainment lounge, better known as “Hugh’s Room” has many music lovers excited. But it’s upsetting some former staff members, who are still owed wages from the music venue.
The bar closed at the beginning of January, with owner Richard Carson facing insurmountable but undisclosed debt. Supporters have since stepped in to rebrand it as a not-for-profit entity through fundraising.
A GoFundMe campaign started Jan. 27 and has already raised more than $55,000 — more than a third of its goal.
Meanwhile, many who made about $12 an hour are left without compensation they’re owed.
Lisa Fullerton called Hugh’s Room “family,” which is partly why it felt like such a blow to her and others to feel “strung along” about being paid outstanding wages.
The single mom was a cook at the Dundas Street West establishment. She worked there on and off starting in 2010 and had cheques bounce twice in the last half year.