and plan on a 22-story (or more!) nursing home in what is now the parking lot behind Park West Village on 100th Street. See last article below.
Columbus Sq. Labor Fracas
Cost-saving switch to ‘open shop’ draws fire from unions, Board 7
By Matt Joseloff
August 5, 2009
Rats and pigs are the newest tenants of the Columbus Square rental complex, along Columbus Avenue in the upper West 90s. The giant inflatable rodent, which at press time had been replaced with a cigar-smoking pig, are both the handiwork of local labor unions protesting the switch to non-union workers at the construction site. Co-developers the Chetrit Group and Stellar Management made the change at the beginning of July.
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With additional reporting by Charlotte Eichna.
UNION RESPONSE :
LOCAL No. 46
METALLIC LATHERS UNION
REI FORCING IRON WORKERS
New York and Vicinity
1322 THIRD AVENUE
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10021
Telephone: REgent 7 - 0500-0501-0502
TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:
We want to advise the public that certain facets of the work being performed at this site are not being performed by skilled building tradesmen. This work is being performed by persons who are receiving far less than the prevailing area wage rate and who also are not receiving the fringe benefits generally received by individuals performing this kind of work in the Greater New York City area.
This is a matter of great concern to our union. Employees on this job are performing work and are not receiving the wages and fringe benefits paid to skilled craftsmen in the Greater New York City area for the performance of such work. The contractors on this job are attempting to reduce our area standards by underpaying employees for construction work.
We urge you to withhold your support and patronage of this establishment. We urge the general public to support us in our effort to maintain our wages and fringe benefits. We urge you to communicate with the owners of this establishment and express to them your opposition to their attempt to reduce our area standards.
We thank you for your support.
West Side Spirit
West Side Spirit
Jewish Home Land Swap
Nursing home move to W. 100th St., with Chetrit getting W. 106th parcel
By Dan Rivoli
August 13, 2009Representatives from Jewish Home Lifecare, an organization that provides health care for seniors, met with community groups on Aug. 12 to unveil a proposal to redevelop its West 106th Street nursing home in Park West Village, on West 100th Street.