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10/19/2004

Hotel workers Union garners support of thousands

Thousands of union and community activists, along with Haitian-born hiphop singer Wyclef Jean and actress Dana Ivey, rallied Oct. 16 to support the 10,000 members of UNITE HERE Local 54 in Atlantic City, N.J., who are continuing their strike against several hotels. San Francisco hotels continue to lock out 4,000 workers at 14 hotels, despite UNITE HERE Local 2 members’ attempts to return to work and Mayor Gavin Newsom’s call for the hotels to let the workers back in. A federal mediator is convening bargaining between union representatives and the hotels later this week. On Oct. 12, thousands of hotel workers and their allies flooded Union Square for a unity rally. They were joined by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, San Francisco religious leaders and elected officials. Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) later joined the picket line at the Sheraton Palace. In Los Angeles on Oct. 8, members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, Teamsters Local 399, IATSE and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians/CWA offered their solidarity with union hotel workers during a rally at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In Washington, D.C., contract negotiations continued between UNITE HERE Local 25 and 14 major hotels. For more information, visit www.hotelworkersunited.org.

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