2004-08-27 / Community

Lockout To Go To Arbitration

By Miriam Rosenberg Contribution Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contribution Editor

Pictured are members of the local at the New Haven Road building where they are picketing to get their jobs back. They are Eddie Anderson, Nelson Rodriquez, Alipio Tiburcio, Bernardo Segura and Francisco Morillo.
Pictured are members of the local at the New Haven Road building where they are picketing to get their jobs back. They are Eddie Anderson, Nelson Rodriquez, Alipio Tiburcio, Bernardo Segura and Francisco Morillo.

  • As reported previously in The Wave, members of Local 32BJ have been “locked out” of their jobs at 49-10 New Haven Road, 249 Beach 15 Street, 1403-1421 Heyson Road and 26-45 9 Street in Astoria by Allied Properties LLC since the company brought the properties five weeks ago and hired new workers for the buildings.
  • On July 14, the union maintenance workers came to work to find that they did not have jobs. Since then, the union has filed an injunction against Allied for violating the 2002 Displaced Building Service Worker Protection Act. The act states that workers are protected for 90 days against layoffs after a building is sold or a new cleaning contractor is hired.

    Last week, Councilman James Sanders, Jr. joined 32BJ union members, supporters of the union members and a large blow-up rat at the Beach 15 building to protest the treatment of the workers.

    Union members at the New Haven building told The Wave that they have had no reaction from management about their picket line. According to the workers, September 10 has been set as a date for the matter to go to arbitration.

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