Protests Against Jay-Z's 40/40 Club Intensify In New York

Union workers protest Hov's club using non-union workers, and have allegedly begun hurling racial slurs.

Jay-Z's famed 40/40 Club in New York City is undergoing remodeling, but not everyone is happy about it.

The New York City District Council of Carpenters erected giant inflatable rodents outside of the club, protesting the fact that it is not using union workers for the job, according to TMZ.

The group alleges that the company hired does not meet "area labor standards" and is paying its workers a "substandard wage."

In response, a rep for the club says that they are in a non-union building, and are not required to use union contractors. Further, the rep alleges that some protesters have begun using racial slurs against the workers, which the rep calls a "poor tactic" to intimidate people and scare away business.

More on this as it develops.

RELATED: Jay-Z Partnering With Soccer Player Ashley Cole To Open 40/40 Club In London, England

64 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Is Jay wearing a black and gray Michael Jackson Beat It jacket in the picture above?

  • Ilene Hawkins

    I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use ( Bidsget ) . ( com )

  • Ilene Hawkins

    I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use ..... >>>> ( Bidsget ) . ( com )

  • Ilene Hawkins

    I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use ( Bidsget ) . ( com )

  • ka-as

    so i dont get it, these union workers are mad that he isnt using union workers, sounds stupid to me he can hire who ever he wants to work at HIS club. stop crying!!!

  • BIGWILLIE

    JAY Z IS A DEVIL.HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT NOBODY BUT HIM SELF AND HE WILL MEET GREATER DESTRUCTION BECOUSE MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

  • Anonymous

    As a partner in a small development company we tried to subcontract work out to union workers; but the rep wanted too much money and gave us a longer time estimate to get the work done. From a business stand point why not go with the other guys- you pay less money and get less complaining.

    • Anonymous

      Who are the other guys, asswipe? Five foot tall Ecuadorans you pay cash too and who pay no taxes? Fuck you.

    • LOL @ these comments

      Hey Andre! Can you prove those non Union workers are immigrants? I agree with the rest of what you said, but it ain't about immigrants! It's about GREED!

    • Andre

      The problem is illegal immigrant workers, I have no problem with this cause these workers will work for any wage, but the problem comes when you two-faced motherfuckers start taking political stances against illegal immigrants as if they aren't helping are economy or helping you create a larger overhead. THATS THE PROBLEM

  • John Stachowski

    And for the haters out there I make $30/hr & full benefits. Union Proud bitches

  • John Stachowski

    Fuck the Union? #1 The Unions gave the working man the weekend #2 Unions gaves us fair wages (if they pay EVERYONE dirt poor then no excuse to pay ANYONE a higer wage) #3 Unions helped end child labor #4 Unions helped widespread employer-based health coverage. They say that they haven't met requirements because more than likely those carpenters aren't as skilled as Union carpenters which have to go through an apprenticeship program. Can't hate on unions but at the same time racial slurs should never be part of the "bargaining process" The main reason for the inflatable rat is to bring attention to the situation and for people to ask questions. Im a union contractor myself and we've placed those rats outside of SCHOOLS. If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything. Peace everyone

    • Lisa Smith

      Let's be real. The Union's time is over. They definitely helped worker conditions but now they are a pariah to society. The real job of the union is to keep workers who are not in a union unemployed so union workers can dictate how much money they should get. The Union regularly discriminates against non white workers. You have a few token minorities, but the majority of unions are white.

  • peter

    this is world where only the fittest survive, so fuck the union, take a job or leave it for others, who gives the fuck anyway

  • 490717

    Idk maybe its just me but if the racial slurs are such a "poor tactic" then why the fuck are they bitching about it. Its like they saying yeah we hired workers for dirt pay but they called us mean names As far as I'm concerned the whole situation is people broke and jobs are scarce. That's why non-union workers took the jobs and why the union has taken such petty steps as inflatable rats and harassment. People at the top just pay whoever will cost less...Rich get richer the rest of us can fight for their scraps

  • Jg

    fuck this nigga and his suss music

  • Anonymous

    I fucking hate unions. I remember pushing shopping carts after school at a market in NJ and being forced to pay those slimy motherfuckers. They are nothing but crooks, and self-destructive is the best compliment that I could give them. Dumb fucks.

    • LOL @ these comments

      A shopping cart union! LOL! That's like a union for the people who man the fry machine! Before you point fingers at all unions, realize that the workers before you thought they were going to get paid & benefits with a union for an unskilled job! Blame them workers!

  • NYC Carpenter

    Jigga Who? Jigga Rat! The Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/NYCCarpenter212?feature=mhee

    • peter

      u are so funny... u ugly dog face motherfucker! acarpenter having guts to point a finger at jiggar!! hahahaaaa a hate niggers like u for real.

  • LOL @ these comments

    Another post where comment people have no idea about really goes on! If anything, the restaurant went with the cheaper carpenters! The normal people who have a skill but don't have union protection! And you people are STILL MAD! LOL!

  • nyystateofmind

    jay-z vs the mafia. play nice boys

  • wowow

    no matter what some of you dumb asses say on this site..AN EMPLOYER CAN HIRE WHOEVER THE FUCK THEY WANT...PERIOD. These fools screaming about non-labor union workers are fucking crazy. So what? That's like going to a job interview and getting mad because the job didn't hire you, and now you outside protesting because you hating on the next dude who did get the job...gtfohwtbs..and btw...like dude said before me...jay ain't sitting around worried about some 40/40 hiring practices...shit its probably been months since he's even been at one of his establishments

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  • Anonymous

    ...America the dumb...fuck a Union...

  • Anonymous

    Lol y'all are funny talking about oh jay zs a snake and shit..the dude owns the club..if u think he made this decision u dunno shit about business..like hov sits at the 40/40 club makin small decisions like if the people renovating the club should be union or non union workers give me a break..and who the fuck cares unions are def def not that great of a thing..sure if u need something they most likely got ur back but if u don't u pay and pay for something I'll most likely never need and if u don't wanna pay?go work somewhere else.

  • camaro

    to wow, what the fuck are you talking about? what the fuck does this have to do with liberal groups? you are a fucking idiot, my friend. yeah, unions gave money to the democratic party, but oil, insurance, and pharmaceutical companies gave money to the republican party. Now what?! Poor and middle-class white people piss me off thinking that republicans give a fuck about them. to the republican party all blacks are niggers and non-rich whites are poor white trash. get the fuck off this site with that liberal shit you young racist bitch.

    • Anonymous

      Republicans don't give a fuck, neither do democrats nigga, fuck all politicians, we in this, FOR US!! They don't care about you, all they care about is $$$$, just like your favorite rapper. STFU and Sit Down.

  • Anikansofuckoff

    Fuck business, fuck the money and fuck politics

  • Rhino

    "They took our jobs!!!" (South Park voice) In all seriousness, I can't speak for the carpenter's union, but I've worked in jobs where I was forced to join UAW and Teamsters, two of the biggest unions in the country. In both instances, the union protected people who came in half drunk, late, or didn't do shit. It hurt everyone else by taking our "dues" for nothing and creating an adversarial relationship between the company and its employees. In my opinion unions suck, then again I work hard...

    • I agree

      Unions have been more bad than they are good in my experience. They have chased several big businesses out of my hometown and are the reason it is where it is at now: that not being a good place. Far as I'm concerned, many of them are just lazy greedy fucks that want more money for less work.

  • Mr Flamboyant

    And this is to surprise whom? Frankly, he doesn't have to hire union cats if he doesn't wish...but at the same time I've never really heard of someone doing construction renovations for any company and the workers weren't union cats. Must be a New York thing. I don't know. I don't really care. Jigga is what he is and is about what he's been about. This is merely free publicity and marketing for the nigga. Give me Jay Electronica's LP and I'm good.

    • LOL @ these comments

      Jay has more than one restaurant! 40/40 is worldwide! A clothing business partnership! On tour and about to go again with Kanye! You really think he's sitting at that one store trying to scam a carpenter's union? LOL!

    • John Stachowski

      No he doesn't have to higher union if he doesn't have to. Also I believe that HE IS at least sitting at a desk making these decisions. You don't think he knew the workers weren't union? Fully accountable.

    • LOL @ these comments

      A NY thing? You never heard of off the books construction work? This goes on EVERYWHERE! LOL! The worst part is you people actually think Jay is sitting at that restaurant making these decisions! LOL!

    • Right On

      a motherfuckin men

  • Anonymous

    Don't know why anybody is surprised...ask Memphis bleek, amil, beanie sigel, young guns, and freeway how jay-z's business model works for his employees.

  • duded

    they gon' have to throw jay some pool preservers he gon be swimmin with the sharks all cuz of union workers

  • REALTALK

    SOME MODERN DAY SLAVE LABOUR SMH SOME MODERN DAY SLAVE LABOUR SMH SOME MODERN DAY SLAVE LABOUR SMH

    • John Stachowski

      Retard, the "non-union" workers don't have one voice to represent them all. The union does so we represent strong. It's not skimming it's about knowing the whole picture before you speak on something you know squat about. Damn some of you hiphopdx.com readers are dumb as shit. SMH Don't be mad Mickey D's is hiring !

    • LOL @ these comments

      LOL! The UNION is protesting, not the NON-UNION people! Stop skimming and read carefully!

  • wow

    That really exposes these liberal groups for what they really are. They are not for minorities and racial as well financial equality. Now I wonder how many people will understand the significance of such an article and what it really exposes and who's side the unions the same ones that give billions of dollars to mostly democrats (i.e. Barack Obama benefited from their donations a lot in 2008).

    • Ado Cob

      "The group ALLEGES that the company hired does not meet 'area labor standards' and is paying its workers a 'substandard wage.'" Where is the video evidence for this? I call bullshit until I see it.

    • REALTALKER

      " have ALLEGEDLY begun hurling racial slurs. " Where is the video evidence for this ? I call bullshit until I see it.

  • Ado Cob

    I agree with the union workers protesting, but seriously... throwing racial slurs at Jay-Z for bad business practices? Jay-Z is using the same shit capitalist system that favors people over money that white people created, and these idiots have the audacity to throw out racial slurs in protesting that same system? Fucking clowns.

    • John Stachowski

      It was probably one dumb-fuck Italian who thought he was cool while throwing around the "n" word. Not representative of the union as a whole. I work with Blacks, Latins, Polish and all races, creeds and colors. This is probably just the actions of one bad apple being blown out of proportion.

    • LOL @ these comments

      Who's well known for dropping slurs, even on this site and all over the web? Minorities? LOL! Whites and their bigotry are the reason there's affirmative action! Now they wanna blame minorities? LOL!

    • Anonymous

      i guess it would be the minority groups which will be on the receiving side of these so-called offences

    • derp

      ...if you'd have actually read the story, you'd have seen that it said they had allegedly "begun using racial slurs against the workers," not jay-z. no one is slurring jay-z. they are slurring the workers. on to your next statement, that hov is "using the same shit capitalist system that favors people over money that white people created." i see what you did there. implying that union workers are hypocrites because they are white. where does it say they are white? did it ever occur to you that the union could represent workers of more than one race and could even be predominantly black or hispanic (as many are)? listen, i don't disagree that the union is out of line if this is true, but you just sound like a fucking retard. think before you post.

    • Anonymous

      evidence fool,sucking jy cock again

    • REALTALKER

      " have ALLEGEDLY begun hurling racial slurs. " Where is the video evidence for this ? I call bullshit until I see it. Jay don't even pay the workers they have to get their wage 100% through tips.

    • Charles ExSavior

      Good point Ado.

    • Ado Cob

      That favors money over people, rather, not the other way around. My fault.

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