After almost a year of being picketed by grassroots group Brandworkers, Wild Edibles went on the offensive a few weeks ago by handing out leaflets outside of organizer Daniel Gross’s West Side apartment. The seafood distributor’s honcho, Richard Martin, says he’s merely giving Gross a taste of his own medicine — when Brandworkers protested outside of Danny Meyer’s apartment, the Union Square Hospitality Group dropped Wild Edibles. (Keith McNally cut ties to Wild Edibles, too, but Martin claims he did so only to prevent Brandworkers from picketing an SNL party at Pastis.)
With these incidents in mind, Martin and a few others distributed leaflets to Gross’s neighbors informing them that Brandworkers is a union-organization group, not the nonprofit it claims to be. The tactic has resulted in a two-week truce, but negotiations aren’t going well. Brandworkers wants Martin to rehire terminated workers at salaries he considers are “so ridiculous, it’s insane.” The peace may not last, Martin tells us. “Unfortunately, it’s just going to get worse.” En garde!