Friday, July 15, 2011

Construction Protest at 20 Henry St.

by Brooklyn Eagle

Protesters from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America blew whistles and chanted, “Who’s the rat? Capital [Interiors]!” as they marched across the street from the 20 Henry Street (Candy Factory) condo construction project Thursday.

“The subcontractor Capital Interiors does not pay area standard wages and benefits,” said Michael Donnelly, representative of the NYC District Council of Carpenters. “No health benefits, nothing. The New York State Department of Labor sets the wage scale, but they chose not to abide by it. It’s basically a race to the bottom.”

In February, Brooklyn Heights Councilman Steve Levin criticized owners Canyon Johnson Urban Funds for hiring Leviathan Construction Management, saying the company was “irresponsible” and had a bad safety record.

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