A union group accused of ballooning construction costs by paying “coffee boys” a whopping $42 an hour is now allegedly slashing tires and using “thuggish tactics of yesteryear” at the Hudson Yards mega project.
The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York has been wreaking havoc at 50 Hudson Yards, ordering its union members to refuse to make concrete deliveries or to block the entrance and picket the project, according to new court papers.
The alleged bad behavior began just 11 days after the developer filed a March lawsuit accusing BCTC of puffing up the project’s cost beyond $100 million.
That’s when union drivers claimed they “feared for their lives” and refused to make deliveries, alleges Related Cos. subsidiary Hudson Yards Construction LLC in a second Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed Saturday.
Two truckloads of concrete from the original supplier, Ferrara Bros., and its affiliates were turned away and another six weren’t released.
BCTC “vehemently” denies the allegations, spokesman Jordan Isenstadt said, adding the “absurd claims are meant to tarnish the reputation of the Building Trades Council.”
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