On April 19th 2010, Hudson River Park's Maintenance and Operations (M&O) personnel voted by a majority of 7 to 5 to join IUOE Local 30. 16 workers in total were waiting for a decision by the New York State Labor Relations Board to know if their vote to join IUOE would be upheld. The board heard the appeal on November 9 and quickly ruled in their favor.
May 2010. A 15 foot inflatable rat, courtesy of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
Local 30, greeted park-goers attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of Hudson River Park’s newest facility at Pier 62 in Chelsea. According to Local 30 the rat and informational picket was organized to protest Hudson River Park Trust President Connie Fishman’s continued use of taxpayer and donor funds for a high priced “union avoidance” law firm in an attempt to overturn the union’s election victory in the Park‘s Maintenance and Operations Department.
New York Daily News - November 17, 2010 - Lisa Colangelo
A Walk In The Park - October 28, 2010