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August 25, 2011
Workers vs. Ratner — round two
The Brooklyn Paper
by Daniel Bush
OK, score one for the Brooklyn Paper the only news outlet to cover yesterday's jobs protest at the Barclays Center site.
More than 30 angry construction workers rallied at the Barclays Center on Wednesday, the latest in a series of recent protests against developer Bruce Ratner for failing to hire more locals.
The protest march from Myrtle Avenue in Downtown to the under-construction basketball arena at Flatbush and Atlantic avenues is the second rally in a month, and featured workers demanding jobs that they say Ratner promised in exchange for union support for the $5-billion mega-project.
“We want jobs for the people that supported the project,” said Martin Allen, the president of People for Political and Economic Empowerment, a group that helps unemployed people find work. “Ratner promised he would give us jobs.”
Sekou Troutman, a Bedford-Stuyvesant construction worker who protested on Wednesday, said he applied for a job with the developer in January, but never received a reply.
NoLandGrab: Ratner promised us Frank Gehry, too, among a host of other things he's not delivering, either.
Posted by eric at August 25, 2011 12:02 PM