San Francisco police arrest 65 in hotel worker
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By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
September 1, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Police arrested 65 demonstrators
yesterday afternoon after they allegedly blocked the entry to
the Palace Hotel during a large protest carried out by San Francisco
hotel workers and their supporters.
All 65 people were cited for trespassing and released, Sgt. Neville
Union representatives from Unite Here, Local 2, said 63 people
were arrested and 1,200 more picketed in the street in front of
the Union Square-area hotel to send a message to hotel management.
Mike Casey, Local2 Unite Here union boss
Supervisor Chris Daly
Last week, workers at 13 Class A hotels in San Francisco voted
to authorize a strike if a contract agreement is not reached with
Union leaders say 9,000 San Francisco hotel workers are currently
working without a contract, and many of them have not had a new
contract in two years.
In 2004, the last official contract between the Multi-Employer
Group, which represents the management at the hotels, and the
union expired, resulting in a two-week strike by workers in four
hotels, and a subsequent seven-week lockout period where workers
in all 13 hotels were not allowed to return to work, according
to a spokesman for the mayor's office.
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