A New York City carpentry union may have ruined any chance of future renovations at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club after a recent dispute turned racially charged.
Jay-Z’s famous sports bar in the city closed down in June for a grand re-model priced at around $10 million dollars, and is looking at a November re-opening.
New York City District Council of Carpenters appeared on the scene last week protesting Jay-Z and his business partner Juan Perez hiring private contractors, by picketing outside the establishment with giant inflatable rats.
However the union members may have ruined any chance of ever getting hired back by Jay-Z and his partner, after they were overheard hurling racial slurs during the protests.
A spokesperson for Jay-Z says in a statement: “The union is trying to bully 40/40 (owners) to hire union workers. They were shouting racial slurs. It was really inappropriate protesting.”
The rep also confirms that they have the right to use private contractors, as the bar is located in a non union building, “We confirmed that we have the right to hire a contractor that is not in the union.”
“The union is trying to bully 40/40 (owners) to hire union workers. They were shouting racial slurs. It was really inappropriate protesting.”