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Students Make Beds in Support of DoubleTree Workers

Several employees of the Boston-Cambridge DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel and members of the Student Labor Action Movement set up a bed-making demonstration in the Science Center Plaza Monday afternoon, continuing their year-and-a-half long efforts to support worker unionization at the hotel. The demonstration built upon a campaign that began after a majority of workers… Read more »

Maids school Harvard kids on bed-making

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make a bed.  But some of the nation’s leading brainiacs — Harvard students — don’t know how, and they humbly accepted instruction on the subject yesterday from the experts: hotel maids.  Click on the title to watch the video.  

Harvard students struggle to make the bed

Harvard students struggle to make the bed

Frantically making an outdoor bed while a hotel maid taunted them via loudspeaker, dozens of America’s best and brightest took turns tucking, folding, and failing in front of a crowd of classmates outside Harvard Science Center on Monday. “I did it once, and I’m already sweating,” said Alexis Lewandowski, a freshman studying economics. When she… Read more »

Marriott tipping plan draws attention to housekeepers’ needs

Marriott tipping plan draws attention to housekeepers’ needs

In an uncertain environment, training programs, not tips, represent the best hope for the economic advancement of room attendants. Unite Here Local 26, which represents the Boston area’s unionized hospitality workers, offers such training that enables housekeepers to move into progressively better jobs at unionized hotels.

Bay State Banner: Initiative trains black workers for Boston-area hotel jobs

Bay State Banner: Initiative trains black workers for Boston-area hotel jobs

Mayor Martin Walsh joined members of Boston’s hospitality union, Local 26, and executives from several local hotels yesterday to celebrate the graduation of the first African-American hospitality training class from Local 26’s Best Corp Hospitality Training Center. At the event, Local 26 announced that the class would be named the “Mel King Empowerment Program” in… Read more »

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