Butchers Fleishers face controversy after Black Lives Matter cut, LGTBQ urges workers to quit – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – There is controversy at a popular butcher shop with locations in New York and Connecticut. Workers have quit work, after the company removed signs supporting Black Lives Matter and other causes.
It’s a generally bustling butcher’s shop, but instead doors are closed at Fleishers’ four locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Westport, Connecticut.
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“It doesn’t do good to be told you have no value,” said Ajani Thompson, location manager at Park Slope.
Dozens of workers, including three who spoke to Andrea Grymes of CBS2, left work last month in protest. They say Fleishers investor Rob Rosania demanded that signs in stores supporting Gay Pride and Black Lives Matter be removed.
“The injustice suffered by many employees of this company, this disrespect runs so deep, I can’t help but support all the people who have left and be one of those people, myself” , added Christopher Edmunds, Deputy Director. in Westport.
CBS2 has contacted Fleishers for comment. A spokesperson referred Grymes to a letter Rosania later sent to employees, which said, in part, “I realize that removing signs that express support for the basic human rights of our black employees and customers and LGBTQ was not in that spirit of supporting your feelings… for that, please accept my sincere apologies.
At Park Slope, a gay pride sign returned to the window.
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Most of the buyers Grymes spoke to said they stood alongside the walking workers.
“I am completely in favor of it. All of these things that have happened reflect what everyone is feeling here and I think they should be allowed to express it, ”said boss Ophira Eisenberg.
“I support employees 100%,” said another.
“I don’t think they should have gone out, but I also don’t think they should have removed the panels. Both sides overreacted, ”added Charlie Norwalk of the Upper East Side.
Signs on the door indicate that Fleishers will be temporarily closed until the end of August. The workers said Rosania’s apology was not enough to bring them back.
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The letter also stated that the company would organize meetings with staff members, as it would once again dedicate the company to being a welcoming place for everyone.