Union takes “Selfies 4 Justice”
by Andrew Pavia
Oct 09, 2013 | 844 views | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AvalonBay workers taking a “selfie” in response to being photographed at a previous rally.
AvalonBay workers taking a “selfie” in response to being photographed at a previous rally.
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George, a technician at AvalonBay for the last three years demanding more say regarding his wages and healthcare options.
George, a technician at AvalonBay for the last three years demanding more say regarding his wages and healthcare options.
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Members of 32BJ held yet another rally last Thursday in front of AvalonBay Fort Green, a luxury apartment building on the corner of Flatbush and Myrtle Avenues, demanding better wages and benefits.

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.

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Anthony2828
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October 11, 2013
These workers should stop wasting their time with these useless protests and simply file a prevailing wage complaint with the NYC Comptroller.That is the government agency charged with enforcing the 421a tax abatement rules regarding wages.The Comptroller's office can investigate the complaint while these employees continue working and if a violation is found they will collect all back wages owed on behalf of these workers.