Diana Taylor pretty much typifies the “one percent” in New York. She has had a powerful career in investment banking, is Mayor Bloomberg’s girlfriend, and sits on several different boards of directors around the city. At a recent meeting of Hudson River Park Trust, which she chairs, a few locked-out art handlers from Teamsters Local 814 showed up and hit her with a barrage of questions about her support for the contract negotiations. Her reply, caught on the video below, was short and vicious: If any of the art handlers’ demands are met, she plans to resign.
“I have one thing to say to you,” she told the handlers, who asked if she supported working families in New York, “I have had one conversation with Bill Ruprecht [the CEO of Sotheby's] about this, and I told him that if he accedes to any of your demands, I will resign immediately.”
UPDATE: After the incident, the Teamsters demanded that Taylor apologize and Sotheby’s issued a statement updating the information about their contract negotiations, according to the New York Times. The Sotheby’s statement reads: “Despite our best efforts we have been unable to reach an agreement on a new labor contract. We have offered them a very fair contract, which includes wage increases in each year of the contract, increased contributions for health insurance premiums and continued participation in Sotheby’s 401K retirement plan, which is the same as all our New York employees. That offer remains on the table.”