Labor organizer Ray Rogers attacks REBNY with short animated film

Activist will debut "Bullies," which slams the lobbying group, on Tuesday

TRD New York /
May.May 09, 2017 05:35 PM

Movie Promo (Credit: Corporate Campaign Inc.)

Prominent labor organizer Ray Rogers says the Real Estate Board of New York is responsible for some of New York City’s biggest problems, and he’s releasing a short animated film that takes aim at the lobbying group.

The 73-year-old Rogers will debut the anti-REBNY film “Bullies” on Tuesday evening at Cinema Village Movie Theater during the pro-union Workers Unite Film Festival, according to Crain’s.

Ray Rogers (Credit: “The Coca-Cola Case”)

REBNY — which represents landlords, developers and real estate brokers — has contributed to a host of crises in New York, including a shortage of affordable housing, small businesses shutting down or getting displaced, increasing injuries to construction workers, and corruption in politics, Rogers claims.

He said he was motivated to make the film, which runs five minutes, after witnessing what he described as unsafe construction practices by nonunion labor at a site in Dumbo.

A REBNY spokesperson defended the lobbying group against Rogers’ film, saying the industry employs more than 600,000 workers who make an average of $75,700 per year.

“We hope the film includes the fact that the real estate industry generates $20.4 billion dollars in annual tax revenue that funds the salaries of every single New York City police officer, firefighter and teacher as well as parks, libraries and other vital city services that every New Yorker expects and deserves,” the spokesperson told Crain’s.

Rogers previously worked with the New York City District Council of Carpenters, a group that has sparred with REBNY before, and he has also spearheaded campaigns against large companies such as Coca-Cola. [Crain’s] — Eddie Small 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
John Banks

High expectations: A look at John Banks’ 4 years at REBNY

John Banks

John Banks to step down as REBNY president

REBNY Awards

Newmark Knight Frank wins REBNY retail award for Alamo Drafthouse deal in FiDi

An example of roll-off waste management (Credit: YouTube, iStock)

Big building owners prevent city from dumping container-pickup in trash-collection reform

“I can talk about erections all day”: NAR tech consultant’s bizarre fireside chat

Senator Brian Kavanagh and REBNY president Jim Whelan (inset) (Credit: Getty Images and Facebook)

Legislature eyes changes to “just cause eviction” bill

From left: REBNY president Jim Whelan, the Downtown Alliance chairman Ric Clark, and the NYC Hospitality Alliance president Melba Wilson (Credit: Facebook, iStock, Melba's Restaurant)

Business groups seize chance to amend commercial waste bill

Council member Vanessa Gibson (Credit: New York City Council)

Commercial landlords face new fines as City Council passes anti-harassment bill

arrow_forward_ios