“This August, it has been two years since Colonial took over the parking at the Ritz-Carlton Hotels in D.C.,” said Yosef Woldhanna, a valet attendant for Colonial Parking at the Ritz-Carlton. “They have been a difficult two years for us. The health insurance with Colonial is not affordable. People who have gone back home don’t feel secure about having jobs when they come back.”
On April 21, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel issued a federal complaint against Colonial Parking, operating at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, for allegedly unlawful threats, creating the impression of surveillance and retaliation, as well as discipline and termination of an employee for participating in union activities. A hearing was held from July 7th to July 13th, and workers are now awaiting a decision.
The Washington, D.C., Ritz-Carlton Hotels are owned by New York-based developer Millennium Partners.