New Website Shines Spotlight on Business Practices, Tenant Relations and
Labor Relations Record of Montreal Real Estate Giant Rosdev Group
MONTREAL, April 3 /CNW/ -- RosdevRevealed.org -- a new interactive
website created to "shed light" on troubling actions of giant Montreal-based
real estate developer The Rosdev Group -- will go live this week.
The website -- which is packed with information about the inner-workings
of the company as well as Rosdev disputes with tenants, employees, unions and
development partners -- is the work of an association, Rosdevrevealed, which
is supported by the international labour union UNITE HERE, its Quebec Council,
and its New Jersey Joint Council.
The bi-lingual website's "Speak Truth to Power Action Center" will enable
visitors to send eMail messages to Michael Fortier, Canadian Minister of
Public Works and Government Services demanding that Rosdev be eliminated from
proposed sales and leasebacks of government buildings. Tenants will be able to
complain to authorities about conditions in Rosdev-owned apartments and office
buildings. And labour supporters can protest Rosdev's treatment of workers in
hotels the company owns in the United States and Canada.
"We support RosdevRevealed.org because it is important to hold this
company accountable to all of its stakeholders, " said Mathew Erlich, a
spokesperson for UNITE HERE. "We're in a protracted dispute with the Rosdev
Group over a contract for employees working at the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands
Hotel in Secaucus, NJ. We are looking forward to working with other persons
and groups that have been treated unfairly by Rosdev."
Erlich said the website site will "expose Rosdev's unfair or unlawful
activities" and provide Rosdev stakeholders with news on the company, its
owners, and managers. Visitors to the website will be able to file comments
about their dealings with Rosdev and the accounts that can be verified will be
released to the media. Tenants and other persons who think they may have legal
claims against Rosdev can get help from lawyers by filing details of troubles
they've had with the firm.
Founded in 1950 by David Rosenberg and owned by companies controlled by
Rosenberg family members, Rosdev claims to be the third largest private real
estate developer in Quebec and the largest private office building owner in
the National Capital Region (Ottawa/Hull). The company also owns and manages
hotel, industrial, office, retail and residential properties throughout Canada
and the United States.
Most recently, Rosdev became involved in five lawsuits with the Canadian
Federal government over management at properties that house more than 10,000
public employees. In December of 2006, the company claimed they were wrongly
terminated from two management contracts at Les Terrasses de la Chaudiere in
Hull, Quebec and L'Esplanade Laurier in Ottawa and owed 24 million in damages.
The government says that the company poorly managed the property and has filed
In New Jersey, Rosdev has been in a labour dispute since December, 2004
with UNITE HERE Local 69, which represents service workers at the Seacaucus,
NJ hotel. After buying the hotel, Rosdev refused to honor the workers' union
contract and reduced important benefits such as vacation and sick pay The
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found the Rosdev Group guilty of
multiple violations of U.S. labor laws and the union has now taken the company
to court to enforce the decision.
For more information, please log on to http://www.RosdevRevealed.org.
For further information:
For further information: Thao Dao of RosdevRevealed.org, +1-514-844-8644
Web Site: http://www.RosdevRevealed.org