Saturday, January 9, 2010

Local (loco) 2 Hotel Workers

Local (Loco) 2 is the Hotel workers union in San Francisco. They have been on strike since Aug 09. Local 2 say the big businesses are trying to take away their health benefits. Here are the hotels they are having a problem with:

  • Palace Hotel
  • Westin St. Francis
  • W Hotel
  • Hilton San Francisco Union Square
  • Grand Hyatt
  • Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf
  • Le Meridien Hotel

So what they do is choose a hotel, say the Grand Hyatt. They will go and sit in front of the hotel entrance, bang drums, yell, blow whistles, and march around with picket signs all night long. In turn this keeps patrons awake all night. They tell the tourist the to stay away from that hotel and the others from the list above.

The other night Local 2 decided they would go picket in front of the Hilton. No one was paying any attention to them so they called the cops on themselves. The Hilton said they did not want to press any charges. This made Loco 2 unhappy. So Loco 2 told the cops to arrest them anyways. They insisted. They wanted to be arrested. So the cops took a handful of protesters into custody. Local 2 released a press statement saying they had been

They have a right to protest. They should get their health benefits. I don't have a problem with that. Here is where loco 2 and I disagree- local 2 used tax payers money and make the cops arrest them. I think the cops have better things to do. I think the Cops in S.F should get a raise for having to deal with stuff like this. I did not like the half truth press release. I feel the white lies makes Local 2 look really bad.

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