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Employers Suspend Lockout of Hotel Workers

Facing millions of dollars in lost business, worker solidarity nationwide and staunch support from Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco hotel employers agreed Nov. 20 to a 60-day cooling-off period that puts 4,300 UNITE HERE Local 2 members back to work at 14 San Francisco hotels. Fighting for a union contract that expires in 2006, the same year agreements end in other major cities, the workers went on a two-week strike Sept. 29. A few days later, employers locked out the workers, who return to work today.

Along with UNITE HERE hotel workers in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., the workers are fighting for contracts that expire simultaneously as necessary to counter consolidation and expansion in the international hotel industry. Hotel employers have responded by threatening health care benefits. After it locked out workers, the San Francisco Multi-Employer Group refused to let a $22 million emergency trust cover their health benefits, which would then run out Dec. 1. The workers' health care providers—Kaiser Permanente, the Chinese Community Health plan and Pacificare—offered to extend coverage for two months and wait for payment.


Blogger ProgressivePatriot said...

I hope these hotels got the message. Union people apply pressure, hotels get on knees and then pain gets to intense they scream: OK we will negotiate!!

Works every time!!

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