by Kyle Bragg
The strength of our union is in our numbers. And while there are thousands in our union family, it’s sometimes the fight to protect just a few of our brothers and sisters that can be our toughest.
That’s why I am very proud to announce a big victory for a group of our members at a building in Brooklyn, NY.
After a six-month fight, our brothers at 1711 Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy scored a huge victory on Monday when they got their good union jobs!
The workers, who had been on the job for decades, also won over $100,000 in back pay from the new owners, who took ownership of the building in March and immediately cut the workers’ pay and then fired them 90 days later.
But these workers stood up and fought back and with the solidarity of their union brothers and sisters they won their good jobs back and went back to work on Monday!
This is a big win for these workers, who stood strong on the picket line for months as they struggled to take care of their families, pay the rent and keep food on the table.
But now the future is bright.
“It feels great to be back at work at the good job I’ve worked hard at for over 30 years,” said superintendent Willie Hill after he was back at work on Monday. “For over six months, my coworkers and I stood together for good jobs and our solidarity has paid off. Now I know that I’ll be able to support myself, my wife and my four kids.”
I want to thank all the members who stood with Willie and his coworkers on the streets of Brooklyn.
I also want to thank the elected officials who stood with the workers, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, whose district includes Bed-Stuy; and New York City Councilmembers Robert Cornegy (whose district includes Bed-Stuy), Brad Lander and Mathieu Eugene.
The residents of 1711 Fulton Street also stood in solidarity—and often on the picket line– with the workers they had known for years. We thank them and will stand with them and keep fighting for good jobs and affordable housing for local residents in Bed-Stuy and across our city.
When we fight, we win!