December 10, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Directs Department of Labor to Investigate Allegations of Worker Abuse and Retaliatory Acts of Mass Firings By Management at New York City Hotel

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Governor Cuomo Directs Department of Labor to Investigate Allegations of Worker Abuse and Retaliatory Acts of Mass Firings By Management at New York City Hotel

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the State Department of Labor to investigate allegations of worker abuse and retaliation complaints against Sam Chang and the McSam Hotel group for firing workers at Manhattan's Club Quarters Hotel, now known as the Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street. The mass firing reportedly happened in August of 2019, shortly after workers voted by a 32-8 margin to unionize, in part because of abuse workers allege management had been doling out.

"New York is a proud pro-union state, and allegations that owners of the Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street brazenly retaliated against workers simply for exercising their right to organize are completely unacceptable," Governor Cuomo said. "We have zero tolerance for this despicable behavior and I am directing the State Department of Labor to investigate any violations of state labor laws immediately - if we uncover union busting activities they will be referred to the National Labor Relations Board for further review and we will hold the hotelier accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon quote said, "The Department of Labor is committed to aggressively pursuing justice for workers who have been ill-treated by their employers," said State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon. "Abuse and retaliation against workers for standing up for their rights will not be tolerated here in New York."

Since he first took office, Governor Cuomo has worked to restore economic parity and social justice to working families in New York State, including passing a $15 minimum wage to restore economic fairness, enacting the nation's strongest job-protected paid family leave program and extending protections to public sector employees in local and state government following the devastating "Janus" Supreme Court decision. This year, the Governor continued this historic progress by enacting the Farm Workers Bill, giving thousands of farm workers in New York the right to collectively bargain and other crucial protections.

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