Central Park Boathouse Restaurant Agrees to Recognize Union

The frosty relationship between the owner of the Central Park Boathouse Restaurant and a labor union seems to be thawing, more than a month after dozens of workers began striking.

Josh Gold, who is with the union that represents the workers, the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, said restaurant owner Dean Poll has agreed to at least recognize the union.

Gold also said Poll had agreed to rehire 36 striking workers and give them back pay. The union had filed a grievance with the National Relations Labor Board alleging that the restaurant had intimidated, harassed and fired workers who supported the union.

Union officials said the strike would continue until a contract was reached.

The Marino Organization, the group representing the Central Park Boathouse Restaurant, was not immediately available for comment.