San Francisco hotel workers vote to strike today
By Erica Holt, Bay City News Service
August 24, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Hotel workers from 13 San Francisco
hotels will vote today on whether to authorize their union leaders
to call a strike, the Unite Here Local 2 union reports.
Local 2 reports that it called for a strike vote to bring an
end to a more than two-year contract negotiation process between
the union and the San Francisco Multi-Employer Group, the entity
bargaining for hotel management.
A new round of negotiations began in June, according to Local
2, but have yet to yield a breakthrough.
The contract for hotel workers expired in 2004, the union reports,
and in September of that year, the union commenced a two-week
strike at four hotels. Workers were subsequently locked out by
all 14 hotels involved in the bargaining process for more than
seven weeks, according to the union, which began a boycott of
the hotels that continues today.
The 14 hotels were the Westin St. Francis, the Crowne Plaza,
the Fairmont, the Palace Hotel, the Omni, the Four Seasons, the
Grand Hyatt, the Hyatt Regency, the Hilton, the Holiday Inn Civic
Center, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf,
the Holiday Inn at Fisherman's Wharf, the Mark Hopkins and the
The union reports it ended its boycott of the Westin St. Francis
in September of 2005 after its management agreed to key contract
provisions, but the hotel continues to be represented by the Multi-Employer
The Argent hotel has since changed ownership and opted out of
the Multi-Employer Group, but workers from the 13 other hotels
will be voting today.
Outside of the Bay Area, Unite Here reports that hotel workers
in Monterey and Hawaii voted on whether to authorize a strike
Wednesday and on Monday and Tuesday, its hotel workers in Chicago
voted to authorize a strike.
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