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Bar Association 

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.


LeVar Burton


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Captain Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Commander Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Commander Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Chase Masterson ... Leeta
Jason Marsden ... Grimp
Emilio Borelli ... Frool
Jeffrey Combs ... Brunt


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 (imdb@tiele.nl)

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19 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jeffery Combs, who plays Brunt, has played eight different characters on various Star Trek shows including Weyoun, Shran, Tiron, Kevin Mulkahey, Penk, Krem and a holosuite guest. See more »


Chief O'Brien describes the Anthracite Coal Miners Strike of 1902 incorrectly. It only lasted 6 months, not 11. The unions did not get all that they wanted, principally because the mine owners were not forced to recognize the unions by the government. Lastly, the Chief said that his ancestor, Sean Aloysius O'Brian, was murdered and left in the Allegheny River, but the strike did not affect western Pennsylvania where that river is. Western PA coal mines produced bituminous coal, which is less hard and burned with more smoke; anthracite coal was mined in easter PA, and it is harder and burned with less smoke. See more »


Rom: You never cared what happened to me before.
Quark: I always cared about you. I tried to protect you, save you from yourself.
Rom: How? By telling me I was an idiot my whole life?
Quark: I had to be tough on you; I was trying to make you a better Ferengi.
Rom: What you were trying to do was make yourself feel important. Making me feel dumb made you feel smart. But I'm not dumb! And you're not half as smart as you think you are!
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Rascals (1992) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Facing the Ferengi Oligarchs
23 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Rom show his lobes when brother Quark decides to drop everyone's wages. His workers are treated like dirt, but the Ferengi way is to do just that. Those in business can do whatever they want and damned be everyone else. When Rom gets wind of what unions were on earth, he organizes the bar workers and soon a strike occurs. The dynamics are pretty much like those of early unions. Soon an enforcer comes in and threatens to do whatever it takes. Except he has no real interest in Quark and his interests, only in breaking the union. Rom is courageous here. Generally, he is a much better man than Quark and multi-talented, to say the least. This is a bit preachy at times. Deep Space Nine did get at social issues at times. We also have some focus on Worf, who is trying to fit in at the station, not used to this kind of setting.

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