Wednesday, December 28, 2016

He doesn't like bees buzzing around his head

Somehow I missed this in the days before Christmas.

For more than a year, employees at the Trump hotel in Las Vegas had been picketing, boycotting and hollering to support their demand for fair wages, benefits, and respect. They make the hospitality industry welcoming, after all. Trump management stonewalled.

But last week, Unite HERE/Culinary Workers union announced a new pact to run through 2021.

This four-year contract will provide the employees with annual wage increases, a pension, family health care, and job security.

And it gets better. The Trump Organization wants peace with its hotel workers in Washington too.

UNITE HERE Local 25 and Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. also announced today that they have reached an agreement to permit an orderly organizing campaign for employees at the recently-opened Trump International Hotel located at the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue.

“The agreement speaks volumes about the hotel’s commitment to its employees and the value they place on their relationship with our organization,” said John Boardman, President of UNITE HERE Local 25. ...

Organized hotel workers are really good at creative protest. And they'll keep fighting for years. No wonder the President-elect preferred to give in rather than put up with the disruption. The rest of us need to learn from them.

Organize, resist.

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