Pressuring ‘Rat’-ner in Brooklyn


Either this rat really can’t wait to get shop at Best Buy, or somebody hasn’t negotiated with the union.

It is of course the latter. Local 79 was protesting this morning outside of the old Circuit City in the Atlantic Mall in downtown Brooklyn, which went belly-up last October. Like the Circuit City that went bust on Union Square, this one is also being replaced by a Best Buy.

The owner of the mall, Bruce Ratner, hasn’t signed on with 79 yet for the renovation work. This is kind of surprising, given that 79 pulled out all the stops for his Atlantic Yards project just across the street, where hundreds of their members are now working.