Friday, October 22, 2004

A lock out is not a strike

The San Francisco Hilton has been telling callers that the UNITE HERE strike against them is over.

They're technically right.

UNITE HERE! Local 2's members began a two-week strike against four San Francisco Multi-Employer Group (MEG) hotels on September 29th. MEG then locked workers out of 10 of its other hotels. Although UNITE HERE and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom attempted to negotiate a 90-day “cooling off” period during which the union and MEG would resume labor talks, MEG has continued to lock 4,000 workers out.

These workers are the cooks, room cleaners, bartenders, bellmen, food and beverage servers, bussers, housemen, PBX operators and dishwashers who are in one of the most vulnerable employment sectors in the country. The MEG hotels -- including the Hilton -- continue to keep these workers from their jobs.

The strike is over, but the struggle continues.

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