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    Default Motel Workers In The Bronx Go On Strike

    'Cross our picket line and we'll put your picture online.' - that is the tactic that is employed by motel workers in the Bronx who are unhappy with recent cuts in their salary and benefits.


    The picket line is occurring at the Capri Whitestone Motel where rooms can be rented in four-hour blocks.

    The 18 unionized workers claim the owner of the motel cut their salaries from almost $25 an hour down to around $11.

    Harry Rygor is the union Vice President who is representing the workers.

    "He decided to cut the workers' salaries by 60 percent  their medical, their pension contributions," Rygor says.

    Workers say the motel has a reputation for being a 'pleasure palace', where guests can rent rooms for a few hours.

    Now they are telling guests to go someplace else, or to say 'cheese', and have their pictures taken and posted on a website.

    "We give them this card and we tell them 'don't cross our picket line, we tell them the reasons why," Rygor says, "we turn it around and give them information on other motels they can go, it's mapped out - really easy, and they can go. If they don't, they get their picture taken."

    Rygor says he knows the picture-taking is extreme and unfair to guests, but he says the motel should not make a dime on the backs of underpaid workers. "They're entitled to a decent wage, and everybody should be supporting that."

    Motel security tells Eyewitness News that the owner was not around, and the manager would not talk. Workers say they will protest as long as it takes to get the owners back on the negotiating table for a new and fair contract.

    The workers still show up for work every day, but say the environment has become hostile inside the motel.

    Cross 'pleasure palace' motel picket line, get picture posted online | 7online.com

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    Default Re: Motel Workers In The Bronx Go On Strike

    A candid-camera style labor protest has put a chill on would-be lovers at a hot-sheets motel in the Bronx.

    About 20 employees of the Capri Whitestone Hotel, much to the chagrin of its short-stay clientele, are picketing the business to protest a crippling cut in salary and benefits, union leaders said.

    The message is delivered in a flash — an amateur paparazzi snaps pictures of customers who cross the picket line on their way to ignoring the lines of decency.

    “Say Cheese!” reads a sign near the camera and a towering inflatable rat in the motel parking lot. “Don’t be a dirty rat. Don’t cross our picket line.”


    NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi
    Michael Schwartz for New York Daily News

    George Padilla, vice president of the New York Hotel and Motel Trade Council, mans the camera behind a sign that reads, 'Don't be a dirty rat. Don't cross our picket line.'


    The photos — one potential customer flipped the bird, another covered his head with a leather jacket — are then posted on Home | Boycott Capri Whitestone.

    The gotcha shots appear beneath the heading “Walk of Shame.”

    “I’ve never seen an employer take as aggressive and heartless an action as this,” said Richard Moroko, attorney for the New York Hotel and Motel Trade Council which represents thousands of workers across the city.
    Protesting workers at hot-sheets Bronx motel snap 'Walk of Shame' photos of customers, post pictures online - NY Daily News

 

 

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