Generous Gobbler to Prevent Thanksgiving Poultry Problem

CAMBRIDGE, MA – In a twist of fate, Tom the Turkey will be handing out dozens of holiday birds to hotel workers at the Le Meridien hotel in Cambridge on Monday, November 19 from 4-5pm. Current owners, HEI Hotels & Resorts, abandoned this act of caring that had long been a holiday mainstay at the hotel. Boston’s Local 26 stepped in to provide support.

“Le Meridien’s owners have groused about this meaningful tradition, to the point that they have carved it out completely,” said Tom. “They are using cut backs to make gravy and are stuffing their pockets. The new owners cannot continue to peck and scratch at the housekeepers, kitchen staff, and others – the workers who make a hotel run.”

The Cambridge City Council supports a boycott of the Le Meridien because workers must endure crushing workloads due to 30% workforce cutbacks initiated by the new owner. The Le Meridien owners rejected calls for a fair process for workers to decide on unionization. At Monday’s event, Tom the Turkey may even flip a bird to the owner.

WHO: Tom the Thanksgiving Turkey (person in turkey costume)

WHAT: Boston’s Local 26 giving Thanksgiving turkeys to hotel workers – bellboys, housekeepers, kitchen staff, others

WHERE: Le Meridien Hotel

20 Sidney Street

Cambridge, MA

WHEN: Monday, November 14, 4-5 pm


November 15, 2012
Media Advisory
Contact:   Steve Crawford