Color me shocked that these goons would harass people who don’t want to be forced into joining their union.
Workers at a downtown hotel charge that union goons resorted to outrageous tactics to browbeat them into joining their ranks — going so far as to photograph a female staffer as she changed clothes in an employee locker room, apparently to blackmail her.
“I was wearing my uniform pants and my bra and holding my shirt to put it on when they started snapping pictures,” front-desk worker Gisel Rodriguez, 28, recalled of the alleged sneak attack at the SoHo Courtyard Marriott in December.
“I was furious, really didn’t know what to do,’’ she said. “They said, ‘We’re allowed to be here,’ and clicked away.”
Rodriguez said she believes the union reps wanted to use the photos “as blackmail, to get us to sign.”
She and two colleagues — security guard David Alexander and front-desk worker Coralina Alcantara — have since filed federal charges with the National Labor Relations Board against Marriott and the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council claiming intimidation, harassment and coercion.
The trio accuses the union’s local reps, including organizer Julia Rybak, of carrying on a months-long abusive and intrusive campaign that destroyed the family-like work environment for the small hotel’s 35 to 40 employees.