Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 15

Bar Association (19 Feb. 1996)

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Unfair working conditions and pay cuts cause Rom to organize a union of the employees of Quark's Bar. Meanwhile Worf still finds it hard to settle on the station.



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It's the Bajoran time of Cleansing and business is very slow at Quark's bar. Rom's ear is aching up again, he even faints, but gets no sick leave from Quark. When Quark announces a pay cut for all the employees Rom is fed up. On advice from Bashir he decides to start a union, strictly forbidden by Ferengi law. But Rom is determined and convinces all the other employees to join. At first Quark laughs, then finds himself without the striking staff, still he won't give in. Just when captain Sisko orders him to end the strike, liquidator Brunt arrives. Meanwhile Worf still has problems settling on the station. He dislikes that security is less than on the Enterprise, he is annoyed by the continuous technological malfunctions and even gets into a fight with O'Brien and Bashir over entering Quark's bar. Worf sees only one solution. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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After Rom collapses at work Dr. Bashir is shocked to learn that he has had an ear infection for three weeks but couldn't come to the surgery earlier due to Quark's harsh working conditions, as Rom leaves the doctor jokingly says he should start a union. As the bar's profits fall due to the Bajoran festival of cleansing Quark decides that he must cut the wages of all his employees. Remembering what Julian said earlier Rom decides to start a union to fight for better pay and conditions. Quark refuses to give in to their demands and soon his workers are all on strike. It isn't long before Liquidator Brunt arrives on the scene to do what is necessary to break the strike including giving a severe beating to the person closest to Rom... namely Quark. Quark isn't the only one having a hard time, Worf is finding life on the station rather frustrating and after a his quarters are robbed he decides to move off the station and live on the Defiant.

While not the greatest episode this wasn't bad and was the first to hint that something might happen between Rom and dabo girl Leeta, even though she is dating the doctor. The secondary story is quite entertaining; watching Worf get irritated is more amusing than an industrial dispute.

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