Union members disrupted Related’s efforts to hand out thousands of free Thanksgiving turkeys to workers at Hudson Yards November 20, spreading the message to refuse the birds via leaflets, social media, and word of mouth.

We said, “These guys are trying to give you a turkey like you’re part of the family—but they’re trying to take your wages and benefits and leave you out of the next job,” said Brian Houser, a third-year apprentice with Elevator Constructors Local 1.

There are about 4,000 construction workers at the Hudson Yards site, but the company ultimately gave out only 200 turkeys—and many of these ended up thrown in a van and donated to the homeless, as workers stood and chanted outside the site.

This article was originally posted on Labor Notes.