This time they were protesting that AvalonBay management was taking pictures of employees who participated in a similar rally on August 28.
In response, 32BJ leaders instructed those participating in the rally last week to take pictures of themselves and upload them to Twitter with the hashtag “selfies4justice.”
“We want a better future,” said George, a technician at the development for three years. “A more comfortable environment to work in without feeling like I’ll get fired for a vague thing. What are you taking a picture of me for? It’s a lack of trust.”
On Thursday, George and his co-workers took pictures of themselves while others around them chanted, “Just because you watch us, don’t mean you can stop us.”
“Today we’re here to say to AvalonBay, don’t be creepy and take our photos,” said Ben Bennett a representative of 32 BJ. “If you want workers photos, we’ll send them to you ourselves.”
Councilwoman and public advocate candidate Letitia James was present for the protest on August 28. Just days after last week's rally, a picture of her was uploaded to Twitter holding a sign that read “AvalonBay stop intimidating workers!”
“We believe the allegations of the union are without merit and are made solely in an effort to promote its own agenda,” said an AvalonBay spokesperson when reached for comment.