The construction work being done on his NYC 40/40 club has turned into a huge headache for Jay-Z.
The New York City District Council of Carpenters accuse the hip hop star of using a company, Conelle Construction, that has substandard wage and health care benefits for workers.
Several giant, inflatable Union rats have been set up outside the club by the DCOC in protest.
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A spokesperson for the DCOC explained to Curbed what the disagreement is about in a statement.
A rat is a contractor that does not pay all of its employees the Area Standard Wages, including either providing or making payments for family health care and pension benefits. Shame on the 40/40 CLUB & Shawn Carter aka Jay Z for contributing to the erosion of area standards for New York City Carpenters. The New York City District Council of Carpenters has a labor dispute with A&V Drywall which is performing work at 6 West 25th Street in NYC. 40/40 CLUB & Shawn Carter aka Jay Z is responsible for hiring CONELLE CONSTRUCTION CORP. Conelle Construction does not meet area labor standards, including providing or fully paying for family healthcare and pension for all of its carpenter craft employees.
No word from Jay’s camp on the situation yet.