Winning the union at the Boathouse Restaurant

NYHTC — January 30, 2011

In a recent article, Juan Gonzalez of the New York Daily News reported on why Boathouse workers have been using recorders at work as protection against management's anti-union intimidation. Recorded threats, bribes, retaliatory actions, and more have provided evidence supporting the long list of unfair labor practice charges the New York Hotel Trades Council has filed against restaurant operator Dean Poll and his managers on behalf of the workers.

These charges against him have not deterred Poll from continuing to violate federal and state law in his efforts to scare the workers out of organizing a union in their workplace. They recently filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board.

Julia Rybak, NYHTC Boathouse campaign lead organizer, stated, "A majority of workers have signed for the union. There are still some supporters who are too scared of management retaliation to sign union authorization cards. There is little doubt in my mind that Dean Poll will continue illegally intimidating workers, making a fair election at the Boathouse difficult. Even without the intervention of the Labor Board to ensure a fair election, we are determined to win."