For immediate release
March 3, 2016
Workers to Trump: “Make America Great Again – Negotiate a Contract with Us Like Your Company Did with Canadian Employees”
[New York, NY] Today employees from Donald Trump’s hotel in Las Vegas, who recently won a union election, are heading to Trump’s headquarters in Manhattan to speak to the famed negotiator and deliver a demand to negotiate a first contract. Trump’s company has refused to recognize the results of a union election in December 2015 of hundreds of employees at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, forestalling negotiations while it engages in legal challenges.
In response, Trump workers launched a tour in Las Vegas on February 22nd, following Trump on the campaign trail and inviting him to come to the table and make a deal. The stop in New York City is the latest stop on the tour.
Trump workers say they just want a fair deal like his company has made with workers in Canada. Last year, Trump’s hotel negotiated a first contract with workers in Toronto after they voted to form a union.
“If Donald Trump wants to ‘Make America Great Again’ he should start by negotiating with us a fair deal like his company made with his workers in Canada,” says Maria Jaramillo, a housekeeper at Trump Las Vegas. She is part of the Trump Hotel Negotiating Committee traveling the country to call on Trump to negotiate. “I’m living check to check, and I have four young kids to support. We need a contract now.”
Since December of 2015, Trump’s company has refused to bargain with workers, instead filing objections that have tied up the process in a lengthy legal battle. After a three-week evidentiary hearing, a Hearing Officer for the National Labor Relations Board found no objectionable conduct by workers or the Union that would interfere with a free and fair election.
“I recommend that the Employer’s objections be overruled in their entirety,” wrote Hearing Officer Lisa Dunn in her report issued February 18. Her recommendation is pending review before the NLRB.
In the coming weeks, members of the Trump Hotel Negotiating Committee will be traveling to Louisiana, Michigan, Florida, Illinois and Arizona to call on Trump to bargain a first contract.
Follow the tour online at: #TrumpDeal2016
UNITE HERE represents 270,000 women and men across North America who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries. Learn more at www.unitehere.org.