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Union employees call for boycott of Hilton Hotel

May 22, 2009
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ANCHORAGE, AK — Hotel employees and members of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees-Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (UNITE-HERE) Local 878 are calling for a boycott of the Hilton Anchorage, according to KTVA-TV.
Employees are upset over the Hilton''s failure to complete the contract renewal process, something the hotel has never failed to do in 30 years, the story stated.
Eric Kiddle, general manager of the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage, said: "The Hilton Anchorage has and will continue to pay our employees a fair day''s wage for a fair day''s work. Unfortunately, UNITE-HERE Local 878''s bargaining approach ignores today''s economic realities. Local 878 has adopted a very militant position and has been talking about a strike, picketing and boycotts. We hope the union comes to realize its militant approach and inflammatory rhetoric are not productive."
The employees decided it made more sense to concentrate their efforts and boycott the hotel rather than go on strike and risk termination of their employment, the story noted.
Contract negotiations between the Hilton and UNITE-HERE are scheduled for next week, the story added.
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