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'The Hand That Feeds' wastes chance to discuss worker hardship
'The Hand That Feeds' wastes chance to discuss worker hardship

The documentary "The Hand That Feeds" follows workers in the country illegally who risk deportation to protest working conditions at a deli in hoity-toity Upper East Side Manhattan. At the 2nd Avenue Hot & Crusty, workers said they were not paid minimum wage or overtime and that the owner would not repair a broken meat slicer, among other complaints. But they were powerless to negotiate without first forming a union. Workers said their efforts faced resistance from a risen-through-the-ranks manager and fellow employees hired via nepotism; the proprietor then played hardball and threatened to shutter the deli. Unfortunately, directors Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick have...

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