Labor Union Ads Evoke Slavery In Fight Against Worldcenter

Labor unions are flooding local radio airwaves with an advertising campaign that seeks to block Miami Worldcenter’s Community Development District.

In the ad, which is airing on 99 JAMZ, a local Hip Hop and R&B station, the union urges Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez to block the deal, since ‘black work matters.’ The ad goes on to state that the large number of jobs that would be created by Worldcenter isn’t sufficient, and that ‘we’ve had jobs since we were brought over on ships 500 years ago.’ Instead, the developer must agree to create good jobs ‘like those at the Fontainebleau’ hotel.

The ads were paid for by Unite Here, a labor union. The union’s largest representation in Miami is employees of the Fontainebleau.

Unions are fighting for a labor peace agreement, which would allow for the formation of a union at Worldcenter. Other demands include free Wifi for the neighborhood.

Dade’s commission is scheduled to vote on a second reading of the CDD at a meeting tomorrow.

Last week, 16 activists showed up at county hall to protest the Worldcenter deal (there may have been more reporters than protesters.) Just a day earlier, about 500 people had lined up in Overtown for a Worldcenter job fair.

 

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dave
5 years ago

This project is in Park West, not Overtown.
I don’t understand the rational for being against creating jobs in an adjacent neighborhood.
We all want jobs, right?

Danny
5 years ago

Even if you are not qualified?

They just had a large job fair and will hire out of necessity. Contractors will be hiring to fulfill the contract and most times supplement using local work force. Also, the general contractors on this project have done numerous government projects utilizing SBE/CSBE, Minority Owned, etc

It is ridiculous to force private entities by extortion to hire their company to represent the public hiring process and irrelevant demands. This is not a federal wage project.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I am not clear, they want the jobs or not? Why is the creation of the Miami Worldcenter’s Community Development District so bad for the local people? Does anyone know?

Danny
5 years ago

This particular union is paying these people to go protest so it forces the developer to hire that labor union by being blackmailed essentially.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Im not sure what there argument is?

Danny
5 years ago

Most times, it is the “Union” who pay these people to go protest. First they call you to tell you that if you don’t contract my company for xyz we will send 10-20 protesters next week at X day against your project. They do this everywhere.

fyi: Free Wifi??

Anonymous
5 years ago

Why are they complaining again??

joeyjoe
5 years ago

I heard the radio commercials. It is very confusing what they want. But I think the jest of it is that they don’t just want any jobs, they want jobs with benefits and the ability to create labor unions; just like at Foutainbleu. But I have no idea where the slavery comparison comes in…

Anonymous
5 years ago

“create good jobs ‘like those at the Fontainebleau’ hotel”? Fontainebleau Hotel put MULTIPLE construction companies out of business costing HUNDREDS of people jobs.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Ignore the freeloaders.

Anonymous
5 years ago

No wonder why their community is and will remain a dump. Don’t bite the hands that feed. They can’t develop their own community, yet feel the need to tell others how to?

Anonymous
5 years ago

They seem a bit too obsessed with skin color. If white folks were doing this, they’d be called racist.

joeyjoe
5 years ago

Not really, this is a historically Black neighborhood. This hotel is in fact located in Overtown, not “Park West.” I-95 and I-395 splits the neighborhood into four quadrants. This site is in the southeast quadrant. Imagine a project being built in a gentrifying Hispanic neighborhood such as “West Brickell” (aka Little Havana). And instead of Hispanic tradesmen there were only Asians trades working on a building in Little Havana. There would be beyond outrage.
It is hard for Miami Hispanics to imagine other minority’s issues of disenfranchisement because they are the overwhelming majority here.

marc
5 years ago

FYI All this is for World Center construction though, not the Marriott Marquis. The Hotel aspect of all of this is being dealt with as a separate development.