It was an incident that became notorious in the construction industry, a “stripper party” held at the Trump Tower in Vancouver almost 2 years ago, now revealed in union documents.
A labour arbitration decision reveals a 16-man Fujitek elevator crew turned a potluck lunch into a stripper party in the underground parkade of the Trump Tower in October 2014.
The document describes foreman Guy Redmond arriving at the crew’s lunch shack to find a stage set up with a pole on it, three “scantily clad” women, and open beer.
“When Redmond approached the lunch shack, there was fairly loud music coming from it. There was a stage set up with a pole on it. There were three women in the lunch shack. A case of beer was there, which had been provided by a glazier contractor. Redmond testified that 2 beers were open. He confiscated those and threw them in the garbage can. … He told the crew, and the women, to get out.”
“In cross examination, [project manager Andrew] Wilson indicated that when he arrived, Redmond was sitting in a chair along with other men. They were watching the women dance. The majority of Fujitek’s crew was there. Wilson did not see any alcohol. There were 2 or 3 women who were scantily clad. He agreed that it was against the rules to have alcohol. He further agreed that it was against the rules to have unauthorized people on site. He agreed that the whole situation was a significant violation of safety rules.”
According to the document Redmond shut the party down, but was later forced into a “voluntary layoff,” after refusing to reveal who was involved.
It also states the incident was not reported to WorksafeBC and there was no BC Safety Authority investigation.
The arbitration decision relates to another company, Kone Elevators, and its refusal to hire him, in violation of the collective agreement.
An arbitrator ruled that company made the decision based on rumors instead of fact, and therefore the rejection was “unreasonable.”
Redmond could not be reached for comment.