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Brooklyn - B&H Workers Seek To Unionize Citing Lengthy Record Of Unfair Treatment

Published on: October 14, 2015 09:15 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - Citing a lengthy track record of negligence and unfair treatment of employees, reps for the United Steelworkers union filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday requesting that a vote be taken among B&H Photo Video workers to determine if they want the Steelworkers to represent them in their move to unionize.

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NYTIMES.com (http://nyti.ms/1LbfwjX) reports that the petition is the latest step in a series of moves by B&H worker reps who claim that the Brooklyn institution’s largely Hispanic workforce has been exploited and discriminated against for quite some time.

On Sunday, 300 people assembled outside B&H’s Ninth Avenue and 34th Street store as Steelworker reps dropped off a letter addressed to B&H owner Herman Schreiber and CEO and president Sam Goldstein requesting that the Steelworkers be allowed to act as the “sole and exclusive bargaining representative of the employees.”


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 Oct 15, 2015 at 12:02 AM lazerx Says:

hmmmm, one of my favorite places to visit and buy electronics in NYC.
sorry to hear this....

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 12:08 AM Mark Levin Says:

Welcome to the end of B&H.

Unions are THUGS!

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 05:23 AM Shimon Says:

They're "steal"workers.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 08:25 AM REALIST Says:

Fire every one of 'em now for even thinking of unionizing! Nip it in the bud.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 09:15 AM ShmutzVesh Says:

Fire every last one of these behaimos

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 10:07 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Shimon Says:

They're "steal"workers.

what are you, five years old?

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 09:49 AM The Professor Says:

Reply to #5  
ShmutzVesh Says:

Fire every last one of these behaimos

To You and Poster #4 - since 1933, federal statute has granted workers the right to unionize without fear of retribution. Sorry to burst your bubble, but bosses can't do what you suggest. I don't know what the reason why the B&H Warehouse workers feel that they'll have more in their pockets after deduction of union dues, but the decision for them to become organized is clearly not yours. The existing law was passed in reaction and disgust to the overreaction of Pinkerton Guards hired by Henry Ford to disperse a group of employees who were assembled outside of his River Rouge plant for the purpose of being recognized by a union. The guards fired live ammunition into the crowd, resulting in many deaths and injuries. No - bosses do not have absolute rights to do as they wish anymore.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 11:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
The Professor Says:

To You and Poster #4 - since 1933, federal statute has granted workers the right to unionize without fear of retribution. Sorry to burst your bubble, but bosses can't do what you suggest. I don't know what the reason why the B&H Warehouse workers feel that they'll have more in their pockets after deduction of union dues, but the decision for them to become organized is clearly not yours. The existing law was passed in reaction and disgust to the overreaction of Pinkerton Guards hired by Henry Ford to disperse a group of employees who were assembled outside of his River Rouge plant for the purpose of being recognized by a union. The guards fired live ammunition into the crowd, resulting in many deaths and injuries. No - bosses do not have absolute rights to do as they wish anymore.

Unfortunately, the pendulum has moved to the other direction where unions have become too powerful and controlled by mafia elements. This is one of the main reasons our manufacturing industries have moved to China.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 12:02 PM Anonymous Says:

One thing I can say its a very small minded old fashioned jewish mentality. Even white collar works have to check in with a time card. Outgoing phone calls are montiored and they still charge ten cents to make those calls. Really in the 21st century you still monitor outgoing calls? Most websites are banned to access. I don't just mean prosta porn. Even kosher websites are banned. Again hello this is the 21st century. Here is a more mature corpoarte approach. A manager gives you work that should consume your entire work day. How and when you do it is up to you. But as long as you meet your deadline and your work is good, I don't care what you do while working. This is not a kindergarden class.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 12:20 PM puppydogs Says:

Reply to #7  
The Professor Says:

To You and Poster #4 - since 1933, federal statute has granted workers the right to unionize without fear of retribution. Sorry to burst your bubble, but bosses can't do what you suggest. I don't know what the reason why the B&H Warehouse workers feel that they'll have more in their pockets after deduction of union dues, but the decision for them to become organized is clearly not yours. The existing law was passed in reaction and disgust to the overreaction of Pinkerton Guards hired by Henry Ford to disperse a group of employees who were assembled outside of his River Rouge plant for the purpose of being recognized by a union. The guards fired live ammunition into the crowd, resulting in many deaths and injuries. No - bosses do not have absolute rights to do as they wish anymore.

Do what Reagan did......fire them

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 12:34 PM hashomer Says:

Thank you # 7. BTW, unions have every right to collective bargaining [the right to free speech, assemble, petition] but only represent 10% of the labor force. Days of mafia running unions are from 1960's movies, get with it #8. Corps move to Red China to pay workers 5 cents an hour, no safety or environmental regs, all commie corruption. You must like that...

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 02:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

One thing I can say its a very small minded old fashioned jewish mentality. Even white collar works have to check in with a time card. Outgoing phone calls are montiored and they still charge ten cents to make those calls. Really in the 21st century you still monitor outgoing calls? Most websites are banned to access. I don't just mean prosta porn. Even kosher websites are banned. Again hello this is the 21st century. Here is a more mature corpoarte approach. A manager gives you work that should consume your entire work day. How and when you do it is up to you. But as long as you meet your deadline and your work is good, I don't care what you do while working. This is not a kindergarden class.

your pointless meandering doesn't even give a hint of which side you support.

And your ideas on what is appropriate and not in the 21st century make no sense, and under the best of circumstances are your (poor) opinion only. if you think it is okay for workers to sit on the internet while they are being paid to work, you obviously are not a business owner. and your "get work, how and when you do it" is simply stupid.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 02:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
puppydogs Says:

Do what Reagan did......fire them

reagan didn't "fire them". you are either oversimplifying what happened, or you didn't understand it in the first place.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 02:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Unfortunately, the pendulum has moved to the other direction where unions have become too powerful and controlled by mafia elements. This is one of the main reasons our manufacturing industries have moved to China.

your opinions are not facts, and your reasons for your untrue "facts" are ridiculous.

and FYI, our manufacturing industries have not "moved to China".

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 02:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
hashomer Says:

Thank you # 7. BTW, unions have every right to collective bargaining [the right to free speech, assemble, petition] but only represent 10% of the labor force. Days of mafia running unions are from 1960's movies, get with it #8. Corps move to Red China to pay workers 5 cents an hour, no safety or environmental regs, all commie corruption. You must like that...

days of the mafia running unions are from 1960's movies? really?

nobody said they run all unions (except the idiot commenter #8). But today, who runs the sanitation, restaurant laundry, construction unions? how about dockworkers, concrete/cement companies, electricians, etc.?

Nobody wants to use the Javits Center for conventions or trade shows because you can't do anything at all without paying unions to do it - you literally can't plug a light bulb in an exhibit in yourself, you have to pay the mafia union to do it.

Are you high?

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 Oct 16, 2015 at 09:30 AM The Professor Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Unfortunately, the pendulum has moved to the other direction where unions have become too powerful and controlled by mafia elements. This is one of the main reasons our manufacturing industries have moved to China.

You really need to sit in on some of my classes. In economics we talk about the Law of Comparative Advantage. Consumers benefit when they can be supplied with low-tech, labor intensive goods at a lower price. The unions have not been the primary cause of job exports, for the higher-paying unionized jobs tend to be concentrated in the industries which still have a comparative advantage - such as the manufacturing of aircraft (which the Chinese buy from us). Our minimum wage, even for non-unionized jobs, is considerably higher than every country in the world except Germany. Please study the facts before you send off a blog which demonstrates what is called in French Am-Horatzes.

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 Oct 16, 2015 at 09:31 AM The Professor Says:

Reply to #10  
puppydogs Says:

Do what Reagan did......fire them

President Reagan could do that because the air traffic controllers were federal employees who are forbidden to strike. The B&H situation is entirely different.

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