Dayton Beach Park Strikers Get Support From Families
The strikers at Rockaway’s Dayton Beach Park complex have been walking the picket line for more than 20 days, seeking a contract from board of directors president Jennifer Grady. As cars on Shore Front Parkway showed their support by honking their horns, relatives of the striking workers joined in the picket line.
Many of the family members told stories of medical horrors because they had lost their health care when the strike began. Workers, all members of Local 32BJ, say that they want only a fair contract while the coop board wants to bring in non-union workers at a much cheaper price.
Members of the armed security detail, one of whom was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly pulling a gun on a striker, wait for Grady to pass in her automobile. They pick her up in the afternoon and escort her back to her apartment, workers say.
President Jennifer Grady is escorted from her building by armed security guards. She argues that the workers have tried to harm her and to sabotage the buildings, but workers say that is not true. On this day, workers and family members chanted and blew whistles as she passed by, but there was no physical threat.
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