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Jay-Z's 40/40 Club

Union Protests Have

Turned Racial

9/3/2011 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jay-Z's 40/40 Club is undergoing a remodeling in New York City and a local union is protesting the fact they aren't using union workers for the job -- but Jigga's people tell us some protestors have gone too far ... by hurling racial slurs.

The New York City District Council of Carpenters erected giant inflatable rodents outside the club as part of their protests, claiming the company that was hired to do the job does not meet "area labor standards" and is paying their workers a "substandard wage."

A rep for the club tells TMZ they are in a non-union building and are not required to use union contractors. The rep tells us some protestors have been using racial slurs against the workers they are using, which the rep called a "poor tactic" to try intimidate people and scare away business.

The club is scheduled to re-open on November 1.

Calls to the NYCDC were not returned.


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Given that the union's wages are SO inflated given the actual amount of time they actually work then, of course, any other wage is going to appear 'substandard'. Good for Jay-! It's still a free country so he's free to chose whomever he wants to work for him.

1110 days ago


THIS is why we need to get rid of UNIONS!

1110 days ago


I cant beleive that these comments turned into complete union bashing. Unions built this country. I would love to see any of you that commented work 1 day in the union for the rate they make. I bet more than half of you would quit. Union workers are the best trained, and most qualified workers in their field. I support labor unions and everything they stand for. What you are all failing to realize is that the NON union contractor that got this job probably bid just under the union guys and is pocketing the money that should be spent on benefits and a fair pay. Before you bash unions read about the struggles they fought through to get to where they are now. Then make an educated judgement and not a guess from the outside.

1110 days ago


Yeah right, sure they're using racial slurs? these are grown men and women of many races and religions that know the race card can get pulled at any second because after all this is America, I honestly think they know not to use racial slurs to get their message across, I'm sure they don't waste their days on a picket line to have their movement and time destroyed by the race card. btw Americans have workers rights because of unions and that's why they are constantly demonized by government controlled mainstream media and the ignorant masses are buying into their conditioning, because after all if you repeat something enough times people will believe it.

1110 days ago

NYC Carpenter    

Jigga Who? Jigga Rat! The Video:

1110 days ago


Typical union thuggery. As long as it's not illegal aliens performing any part of the remodel then they should shut their mouths!

1109 days ago


Not buying it. the district council represents a melting pot of men and women of all different backgrounds. For the carpenters to be shouting racial slurs would be to insult themselves. Typical P.R. attempt to discredit the carpenters and try and paint them as redneck thugs, when the reality is the workers on this job are not being paid a fair wage, to the detriment of us all

1089 days ago
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