Fired Players Club employees picketed outside the club on Gramercy Park S. last week.
Fired employees say Players Club doesnt play fair
By Jefferson Siegel
On Wednesday night Jan. 30, 18 former employees of the Players Club on Gramercy Park S. protested outside the club. Next to their protest line was one of the large, inflatable rats that are ubiquitous at other labor protests around the city. According to a flier they were handing out, the workers claim the club made a secret deal with a contractor and, in so doing, fired 16 workers.
The workers say that six weeks after signing a contract with Local 6 the Hotel, Restaurant & Club Employees & Bartenders Union promising wage and benefit increases, Players Club management fired 84 percent of its workers and signed a secret agreement with a caterer, Elegant Affairs, to unlawfully replace them with low-paid employees.
The workers said an arbitrator ordered the club to give the workers their jobs back but that the club refused.
The Players Club was formed in 1888 by Edwin Booth, Americas pre-eminent Shakespearean actor of the time, Mark Twain and a dozen other noted actors.