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Union hotels matter to Roxbury residents

Kalila Barnett of Alternatives for Community and Environment noted that the Local 26 hospitality union starts workers at $18 per hour with benefits…“The hotel chosen by Urbanica is non-union, and will pay $5 less than union standard,” Barnett said. “I’m wondering, why is Roxbury being treated differently?”

Video: Mel King, Mayor Walsh react to Local 26 diversity of hiring initiative

Video: Mel King, Mayor Walsh react to Local 26 diversity of hiring initiative

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and long-time activist Mel King remark on the establishment of the city-wide diversity in the hospitality industry task force formed by Local 26 union contracts with major Boston hotels. The remarks were made at the announcement of the task force this summer. “This is a model that you have developed here… Read more »

Washington Post: What a housekeeper at Harvard’s hotel tells us about inequality

Washington Post: What a housekeeper at Harvard’s hotel tells us about inequality

“I see Harvard as a financial institution first, and they do some educational work on the side,” says Lang, of UNITE-HERE. “At least dealing with a private equity company, they’ll say it’s a matter of the bottom line.” “They do whatever Harvard says, because Harvard is the big boss,” Lemus said. “So why they do… Read more »

DoubleTree Housekeepers Strike, Rally Attracts Hundreds

DoubleTree Housekeepers Strike, Rally Attracts Hundreds

“Whenever I hear these workers’ stories, it’s kind of the same deal,” Osorio said over the beating drums and whistles of the rally. “Maybe I don’t know what it’s like to be a housekeeper and experience this pain, but I know what it’s like for their children and their families, and I don’t think anyone… Read more »

Students and City Councilors Stand With Harvard DoubleTree Protestors

Students and City Councilors Stand With Harvard DoubleTree Protestors

Boston.com: Employees at the Harvard-owned DoubleTree Suites have picketed, protested, and demanded fair process for the past year and a half. This means that they would like to consider unionizing without losing their jobs. Hilton Hotels manages the property, and has refused to listen to workers’ petitions, employees say. DoubleTree employees have called on Harvard… Read more »

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