Newly union-organized bars welcome your patronage


One offers donation to Guns & Hoses for special drink

PROUDLY DISPLAYING THEIR UNION HOUSE plaques, the two newest organized bars are (left photo) The Irish Gypsy’s Denny and Amy Corrigan and BJ’s Bar & Restaurant owner Jeanne Blanton. – UNITED HERE Local 74 photos

One of the two most recent bars organized by UNITE HERE Local 74 has a special drink that donates 50 cents from every drink to Guns & Hoses and one that’s named after a union leader.

The two newly organized bars are:
The Irish Gypsy, 1250 Bryan Road, O’Fallon.
BJ’s Bar & Restaurant, 184 Washington St., Florissant.

Popular The Irish Gypsy owners, Denny and Amy Corrigan, are solid union supporters, in fact Denny is a member of Asbestos Workers Local 1. They have two union-oriented drinks:
Kelly’s Revenge named in honor of Kelly Martorelli, the niece of deceased Operating Engineers Local 513 business manager Jack Martorelli, and a good friend of the owners. Jack was an avid supporter of Guns & Hoses and for every Kelly’s Revenge drink, they donate 50 cents to Guns & Hoses. The drink: a shot of Parrot Bay strawberry rum, peach schnapps, watermelon pucker and a splash of Sprite.
P.J. White Delight, named after St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White, who is good friends with the owners. The drink: zero cucumber mint vodka, water and a splash of lemonade.

BJ’s owner Jeanne Blanton is also a strong union supporter. She’s the daughter of deceased State Representative Jay Russell who died in 2016. Russell was a strong union supporter. Her union family ties include grandfather (Teamster), brother (IBEW 1), son (Elevator Constructors 3) and two nephews (Sprinkler Fitters 268, IBEW 1).

UNITE HERE Local 74 members are found in local restaurants, bars, grills, all five major sports and convention facilities and several private clubs. See the full list of union houses below.

A special appeal to all union members from Local 74: if you have a family member or friend working in a non-union restaurant or bar and want to help them earn a better living and work under decent conditions, Local 74 Business Representative Krystal George would like to talk with you. She can be reached at 314-890-0250.




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