On April 7th, Pearl Paint on Canal street abruptly notified workers that they were shutting their doors with less than two weeks notice. Forty dedicated employees were being put out on the street by yet one more New York City business. Adding terrible insult to these job losses, the company didn’t even bother to individually address the letters to these workers, some of whom have over 20 years of service.
Because of their union contract, they will have weeks of severance pay and they have a right to negotiate over the effects of the closing. But Pearl Paint has shown no interest in making these layoffs easier or at least respectful. By contract we had a right to 60 days notice of closing, they chose to give us only nine days.
But the fight continues. We’ve filed our demand to bargain in an attempt to improve severance and manage health care, we’ve filed a grievance regarding their contract violations and we’ve filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge with the National Labor Relations Board in an effort to win the respect and justice these dedicated workers deserve.
Ms. Perlmutter and Pearl Paint, you should be ashamed.