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Bushburg, affiliates unjustly fired workers: union

Employees claim their wages and benefits were slashed before they were cut loose

July 28, 2015 01:20PM

1711-1751 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant

1711-1751 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Union workers say Brooklyn landlord Bushburg Properties and its affiliates unjustly cut their wages and benefits before ultimately firing them from the affordable housing complex they worked in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Former maintenance workers at 1711-1751 Fulton Street, a Mitchell-Lama development, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, DNAinfo reported. The employees were fired in June after new management took over, slashed their pay by 50 percent, and changed their benefits without giving them an opportunity to bargain, property services workers union SEIU32BJ alleges.

The four-building complex was bought in March for $38 million. Vertices Holdings LLC used Bushburg Properties as an agent, according to the complaint.

New management employees told the former workers it “would be futile for them to be represented by a union,” the complaint says.

In early June, tenants joined building employees in a rally to protest the firing. Another rally will be held on July 30, and a trial will be held August 19. [DNAinfo] — Tess Hofmann