Work environment changes what can we do to combat them.?

So a few months ago me and a co worker were moved from our office up to the front "reception" area if you can even call it that. Where for years we could sit talk eat and no one cared. Now that we have a new manager (who put 3 people in one area) now has a problem with people bringing bags to work, says... show more So a few months ago me and a co worker were moved from our office up to the front "reception" area if you can even call it that. Where for years we could sit talk eat and no one cared.

Now that we have a new manager (who put 3 people in one area) now has a problem with people bringing bags to work, says we can no longer eat up there or at another post where it s been allowed for years. He says upper management doesnt want to see peoples bags, eating and now doesnt want to see them at all. Yes after removing 2 people from their office to 3 people sharing one area now those 2 people cant be seen just sitting around. We re a mobile emergency response team after our daily checks are completed and normally just sit around and be unless a call comes in. which is how it s been for years. But now he wants all bags gone, no sitting in our own office and no eating. And now the only place we can eat is out on the factory floor where theres no ac, no fan, nothing it s over 100 degrees most of the time and we re not provided anything but a table and chairs.

We re a union shop and we re trying to figure out what we can do to combat this. Thanks for any advice.
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