Jay-Z is a business mogul, but some New York union members are accusing him of unfair business tactics, specifically his 40/40 Club franchise who a New York union has accused of using unfair labor practices in the renovation of the NYC flagship location.
According to TMZ, the New York City District Council of Carpenters inflated giant rodents outside the club as part of a protest going on, claiming the company that was hired to do the job does not meet "area labor standards" and is paying their workers a "substandard wage."
"A rat is a contractor that does not pay all of its employees the Area Standard Wages, including either providing or making payments for family health care and pension benefits," wrote a spokesman for the watchdog group in an email to Curbed.com. "Shame on the 40/40 CLUB and Shawn Carter aka Jay Z for contributing to the erosion of area standards for New York City Carpenters."
A rep for the 40/40 told TMZ that the club operates in a non-union building and is therefore not required to do business with union firms.
The rep also said the Council of Carpenters protesters have hurled racial slurs at the workers currently remodeling the club, in an attempt to intimidate the public.
The 40/40 Club is set to re-open November 1.