Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Where are the promised jobs?
From the Brooklyn Paper:
A group of unemployed construction workers is suing Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner to recover lost wages for jobs that they claim they were promised but never received at the $5-billion Prospect Heights megaproject.
The workers will announce the federal lawsuit this morning in Fort Greene, steps from the under-construction Barclays Center.
Ratner once boasted that the 22-acre project would create 1,500 jobs per year over a 10-year buildout, but roughly 700 people are currently at work on the arena.
The paltry numbers have prompted disgruntled workers — who backed the project during its approval process five years ago — to rally regularly for jobs.