Dean Poll and the unions

New York Observer — May 10, 2010

Excerpt from the New York Observer:

When the Parks Department last August chose Central Park Boathouse proprietor Dean Poll to take over Tavern on the Green, the city presented Mr. Poll with a diplomatic challenge: He would have to negotiate with a large, unionized workforce to craft a labor agreement that would allow the business to move forward.

Since the former Tavern operators, the LeRoy family, prepared to vacate last fall, much has been written about the stalling of the three-way negotiations between the city, Mr. Poll and the union. But little has been written about Mr. Poll's previous experience with a unionized wait staff.

It's not pretty.

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