San Francisco hotel workers continue their fight for a fair contract with delegations, picket lines and demonstrations. On June 9, 750 people turned out for a march through the streets of San Francisco stopping along the way to picket at three South of Market hotels: the Four Seasons, the Argent and the Palace.
The MEG hotel boycott continues to grow and gain new allies. Several large conferences have expressed their desire to support the hotel workers. In early June, the 5,000 member strong American Anthropological Association, which has scheduled it’s 2006 conference at the San Francisco Hilton and is expected to spend $1.5 million on hotel rooms, voted to explore alternative venues. In addition, the American Political Science Association and the American Education Research Association are considering having their meetings at non-MEG hotels. UNITE HERE continues to contact a large range of groups including other academic associations, businesses, non-profits and other unions that are likely to support the workers’ cause to ask them to honor the MEG boycott.
San Francisco MEG hotels now face increased competition from Los Angeles where Local 11 members recently settled a new union contract with L.A. hotel operators. The impact of the success of the boycott is evident in hotel occupancy rates. As the hotel industry continues to rebound since the September 11 attacks, neighboring cities in the East Bay and San Jose are seeing much larger hotel occupancy rate increases than San Francisco.