But the carpenters union, which erected five inflatable rats outside the Chelsea joint this week, has gone too far by shouting the N-word at management, according to Jay-Z’s rep.
The union members used the “N-word” during protests and in phone calls to 40/40 management, said Menache.
The New York City District Council of Carpenters did not return calls for comment.
The club is in a nonunion building, said Menache, giving the contractors the freedom to hire carpenters. “We confirmed that we have the right to hire a contractor that is not in the union,” she said.
The club closed in June to begin a $10 million renovation, which includes a runway, pool tables, chandeliers and VIP lounges with plush seats.
It’s expected to reopen in November.