Monday, October 11, 2004

Hotels On Strike or Lockout
Workers at these hotels and casinos are on strike or locked out by their employers.
To find a hotel or casino, select a city from the following list:

Atlantic City Chicago Los Angeles New York Oahu Island San Francisco Washington
Check out the Watch List for a particular year:

2004 2005 2006 2007
See hotels designated as Safe on the Hotel Watch list
Atlantic City

? Bally's Atlantic City

? Caesars Hotel and Casino

? Claridge Casino Hotel

? Harrah's Hotel & Casino

? Hilton Hotel & Casino

? Resorts Atlantic City

? Showboat Hotel & Casino

? Tropicana Hotel & Casino

? Congress Plaza Hotel
New York

? Crowne Plaza LaGuardia

? Hampton Inn JFK

? Holiday Inn JFK
San Francisco

? Argent Hotel

? Crowne Plaza Union Square

? Fairmont San Francisco

? Four Seasons San Francisco

? Grand Hyatt

? Hilton San Francisco

? Holiday Inn Civic Center

? Holiday Inn Express (FW)

? Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf

? Hyatt Regency San Francisco

? Mark Hopkins InterContinental

? Omni San Francisco Hotel

? Sheraton Palace Hotel

? Westin St. Francis

Strike Watch
The following list of hotels in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington DC are under strike watch. Workers at these hotels have voted overwhelmingly to call a strike if necessary.
Los Angeles

? Hyatt Regency Hotel Los Angeles

? Hyatt West Hollywood

? Millennium Biltmore Hotel

? Regent Beverly Wilshire

? Sheraton Universal Hotel

? St. Regis Hotel

? Westin Bonaventure Hotel

? Westin Century Plaza Hotel

? Wilshire Grand Hotel

? Best Western Capitol Skyline

? Capital Hilton

? Embassy Row Hilton

? Holiday Inn Downtown

? Holiday Inn on the Hill

? Hotel Washington

? Hyatt Regency - Capitol Hill

? Jefferson Hotel

? Loews L'Enfant Plaza

? Marriott Wardman Park

? Omni Shoreham Hotel

? Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

? Washington Hilton and Towers

? Westin Fairfax

Anyone wishing to respond to my notes posted in this weblog can do so on the we8there forum.

Contact one of these hotels to book alternative accomodations in San Francisco During the ongoing strike

Upscale hotels
Cathedral Hill Hotel
Clift Hotel Courtyard - 2nd St.
Hilton Fisherman's Wharf
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Holiday Inn Select Downtown
Huntington Hotel
Marriott Fisherman's Wharf
Marriott San Francisco
Radisson Miyako
Renaissance Parc55
Renaissance Stanford Court
Sheraton at Fisherman's Wharf
Sir Francis Drake
W San Francisco

Midscale hotels
Americania Motor Lodge
Best Western Canterbury Hotel
Best Western Carriage Inn
Best Western Civic Center Motor Inn
Best Western Flamingo
Best Western Miyako Inn
Britton Hotel Carlton HotelCartwright Hotel
Chancellor Hotel
Comfort Inn By The Bay
Commodore Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott - Fisherman's Wharf
Handlery Union Square
Hotel Cosmo
Hotel Diva
Hotel Metropolis
Hotel Union Square
Kensington Park
Laurel Inn
Maxwell Hotel
Pickwick Hotel
Radisson Fisherman's Wharf Hotel
Ramada Civic Center
Serrano Hotel
Travelodge By The Bay

Economy hotels
Beck's Motor LodgeBroadway Manor InnCapri Motel
Royal Pacific Motor Inn
Seal Rock Inn
Wharf Inn

Anyone wishing to respond to my notes posted in this weblog can do so on the we8there forum.

If you are planning to visit San Francisco You may want to read this:

The war of words continued Monday as San Francisco hotel workers entered their sixth day of drum banging in a strike and lockout affecting some 4,000 workers at 14 hotels.
UNITE HERE Local 2 President Mike Casey said this morning that the picketing is going well and that the fund the union uses to pay striking and locked-out workers is "in good shape."
He claimed that temporary workers called in to replace union members at affected hotels "are making a mess of things," but a spokesman for the San Francisco Multi-Employer Group (SFMEG), which represents the 14 hotels, denied that.
Rumors of a destructive kitchen fire at the Argent Hotel, guests canceling major events and poor service are unfounded, according to SFMEG spokesman Cornell Fowler.
"The truth seems to be one of the first casualties" during a strike, Fowler commented, adding that the alleged Argent Hotel kitchen fire was nothing more than a false alarm elsewhere in the hotel.
The temporary workers "are actually doing fairly well" and "got fully up to speed" on Sunday, Fowler said this morning.
"A lot of these hotels are chains so they have access to hundreds of management trainees" who now are working mostly in housekeeping, he said.
"Room service is up today at most hotels, and the linens and everything are being changed right on time," he said.
The fact that many of the hotels in SFMEG are part of national chains has had an impact on negotiations with the union, which is seeking a two-year contract that would expire at the same time as contracts in other cities. Union leaders say that would give them the same sort of national leverage that the hotels enjoy. SFMEG has proposed a five-year contract and lamented the union's national approach.
Health care costs also are a major sticking point in the negotiations, which are not scheduled to reconvene anytime soon, Casey and Fowler both said Monday.
Local 2 planned to end its strike on Oct. 13, but Fowler said it's possible the lockout could continue after that.
Mayor Gavin Newsom this morning met with federal mediators and said that a mediator will be back in San Francisco this weekend to make his services available to both sides. Newsom said that he hopes that the formal strike will end soon as the strike affects not only the hotels and their workers, but can also impact the city's general fund if hotel occupancy rates fall.
The strike began at four hotels Wednesday, and workers were locked out at the other 10 on Friday.

Anyone wishing to respond to my notes posted in this weblog can do so on the we8there forum.