By Sabina Mollot
On Wednesday morning, about two dozen men from the painters union protested outside of Stuyvesant Town, accusing the owner of slashing salaries by 50 percent and hiring non-union workers.
Some of the reps were ST/PCV employees while others were just there to help protest, alongside the traditional inflatable rat.
Meanwhile, curious onlookers passed by the workers, who were at 14th Street and Avenue B.
One of the painters, Eduardo Hasche, commented, “They bought the property and they paid too much. They need to save money and the average worker falls.”
But according to a spokesperson for Rose Associates, it’s the union that’s to blame for demanding a higher rate than what other union workers at the property get.
In an e-mailed statement, management said, “Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town management made extensive efforts to reach an agreement with the union representing painters at the complex. Management offered painters an hourly rate that is in line with the hourly rate paid to other skilled unions at the property. The Painters’ Union has rejected management’s offer and continued to demand that painters be paid a significantly higher hourly rate than other union trades at the property.
“To ensure that there will be no interruption in painting projects at Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town, management has engaged the services of skilled painting contractors. Painting projects at the property will continue in a normal fashion.”