Last Wednesday, members of the service employees union 32BJ and elected officials rallied in front of 10 Montieth Street in Bushwick to denounce Dynamic Building Services and its affiliate companies.
“We are absolutely disgusted by what Dynamic Building Services is doing here and in other buildings as well,” said State Senator Julia Salazar. “Every worker has the right to organize in their workplace for better work conditions.”
According to the senator, at least seven workers, including janitors, concierge and doormen, were fired across four of the company’s buildings “in retaliation” for union organizing.
Among those fired was doorman Jonathan Morales, who was let go for delivering a petition with the union, Salazar said.
“Jonathan provides for his mother, he’s not the only person who is affected when he lost his job,” she said. “It affects our communities, and it’s not acceptable.”
Ashley Mejia, a former concierge, said she was underpaid several thousand dollars. When she asked management about the money she was owed, it became “a whole ordeal.”
“I think I just asked too many questions,” she said. “After that, I was let go.”
Mejia said she worked not only to pay off school loans, but also to help out with her single mother’s bills. Not having a job means a tighter financial situation for her family.
“Honestly, I just don’t want anyone to ever go through what we’re going through,” she said. “We’re treated very unfairly.
“I feel like they don’t consider us as humans,” Mejia added. “We do have people to feed at home, we have dreams and aspirations.”
In May, fired workers filed a charge against the company with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), alleging wage theft and illegal termination.
The NLRB trial is set for October 17. A union representative said the workers not only want their jobs back, but up to $64,000 in back wages, according to a 32BJ estimate.
The NLRB will render a decision on that day.
According to 32BJ, Dynamic Building Services and its affiliates previously paid more than $60,000 in settlements to its workers across Brooklyn and Queens.
The company did not return a request for comment.
At the rally, Assemblywoman Maritza Davila said if companies come into neighborhoods to build luxury developments, they can’t disrespect workers and residents.
“If you come into Bushwick and you try to do this, we will go after you,” she said. “This is the only way we do it, by organizing and sending a message.”