Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bowlmor Lanes Strikes Out With Carpenters Union

The New York City District Council of Carpenters dispatched its members to picket outside Bowlmor Lanes in Union Square for what they say are unfair labor standards by one of the alley's subcontractors.

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

UNION SQUARE — Celebrity-haven Bowlmor Lanes has drawn the attention of the New York City District Council of Carpenters for what the union says are unfair labor practices.

Picketers from the union unrolled a "Shame on Bowlmor" banner across from the bowling alley at 116 University Place this week claiming one of Bowlmor's subcontractors, P. O'Connor Contracting, does not meet labor standards.

The union accused the firm of failing to provide or fully pay for family health care and pensions for all of its employees, according to a statement.

"In our opinion, the community ends up paying the tab for employee health care and low wages tend to lower general community standards, thereby encouraging crime and other social ills," the statement said.

A spokesman for Bowlmor Lanes said Tuesday that the business does not comment on labor disputes.

Bowlmor bills itself as the place "where the stars roll" and, over the years, celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Drew Barrymore and Paris Hilton have bowled there.

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