The strike at the Boathouse restaurant in Central Park has lasted more than two weeks, with 60 waiters, cooks and dishwashers picketing, chanting and drumming outside day after day. But now the strikers are getting some long-awaited outside support.
The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that oversees union matters, plans to issue a far-reaching legal complaint against the restaurant, federal officials and union leaders say. The complaint would accuse the Boathouse of illegally threatening and questioning workers, as well as firing and otherwise punishing more than 15 workers for supporting the union.
The labor board has also said, according to these officials, that it plans to seek an unusual judicial order to require the Boathouse to enter contract negotiations with the union, even though no election has been held to determine whether the restaurant’s 140 workers want to unionize.
The labor board seeks such orders only in the rare instances when it concludes that an employer’s illegal actions are so widespread and egregious that they would prevent a fair unionization vote from being held.
Read more below.
- Boathouse Restaurant Workers Walk Off Job, The New York Times, August 9, 2011
- Surprise walkout at Central Park Boathouse, Crain’s New York, August 9, 2011
- The union/Boathouse fight gets personal, Crain’s New York, August 12, 2011
- "Boycott the Boathouse" Flyer Advises Would-be Patrons on Dining Alternatives, New York Magazine, August 12, 2011