Sunday, November 21, 2004

Hotel Lockout Ends, Negotiations Resume

Saturday morning, in negotiations at Mayor Gavin Newsom's office, the San Francisco Multi-Employer Group agreed to end the lockout. The move followed offers by three healthcare providers to provide worker healthcare coverage free of charge through December and the announcement that workers would receive unemployment compensation.

Faced with the prospect that they would be unable to starve the workers out, the MEG owners have temporarily backed off from their union-busting efforts. UNITE HERE! Local 2 members will return to their jobs next week. A 60-day cooling-off period --during which the Union agrees not to strike and the hotels agree not to lock out -- will allow negotiations to continue in an attempt to settle the outstanding issues in the contract: medical benefits, pension contributions, retiree benefits, right to organize, wages, and contract term.

To follow events as they unfold, go to www.unitehere2.org.

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