Demanding that Colonnade Management and its subcontractor Prime Cleaning Services honor Local 94 Collective Bargaining Agreement, union members of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 94 protested outside 30 Wall Street in New York City on March 12, 2020.
In January, Colonnade Management, the operator of 30 Wall Street, hired subcontractor Prime Cleaning Services. Ignoring the recently negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement, Prime Cleaning Services told two IUOE Local 94 engineers and four Local 32BJ cleaners they could re-apply for their jobs. If re-hired, the engineers would have earned 75% less and lost their health care, pension contributions, and other collectively bargained benefits. Since the union members were working under an existing collective bargaining agreement, they refused to re-apply and were fired and replaced. Numerous efforts by union representatives urging Colonnade Management to reinstate them have been unsuccessful.
Since early January, Local 94 union members have been protesting outside Wall Street 30 handing out leaflets along with permitted horns, drums, and whistles in an effort to get Colonnade Management to talk to union reps. Recently the permits were revised, and currently, union members are only allowed to protest between the hours of 3 – 6 pm.
Colonnade Management is a subsidiary of a subsidiary of the Oetker Group, which is one of the largest family-owned German multi-national corporations in the world. With more than 400 companies and annual revenues of $7 billion, the Oetker group is involved in industries from frozen foods, baking goods, banking, luxury hotels, breweries, wineries, and real-estate.
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