Two big developments today in the case of Central Park Boathouse operator Dean Poll versus the hotel union: the restaurateur has agreed to allow workers to unionize without an election, and he said that he'll hire back 18 union employees who claim they were illegally fired earlier this summer.
The dispute between Poll and the union came to a head on August 9 when several employees walked out, and workers have been picketing outside the Central Park restaurant ever since. Earlier this month, news broke that that Poll was making a last ditch effort to negotiate with the union before the National Labor Relations Board filed an official complaint accusing them of illegal practices (likened to an indictment). A spokesman for the NLRB told the WSJ: “There is no final settlement...All I can say is that they are working on an agreement.”
· Central Park Boathouse Offers to Recognize Union [Crain's]
· Central Park Boathouse Nears Labor Deal [WSJ]
· Central Park Boathouse Staff Stages Surprise Walkout [~ENY~]
· All Coverage of Dean Poll [~ENY~]