In spite of a “vicious” anti-union campaign, workers in downtown DC Marriott’s Engineering and Maintenance Unit recently voted to join Operating Engineers Local 99. “We are extremely proud of the way the whole unit stayed together,” said IUOE 99 Business Manager Don Havard. “It is really a testament to their solidarity that in the face of a brutal ‘vote no’ campaign by the boss, they all stayed tough.” The workers voted in the union by a 2-1 margin, despite almost a month of daily captive audience meetings, “misinformation and distortions by Marriott International,” reports organizer Eamon Clifford. “We have been actively organizing all of the first class hotels in the region for several years now and the J. W. Marriott was an important piece of the puzzle,” Havard added. “This is a great unit of skilled men and women and they are a credit to our craft.” Local 99 represents skilled engineers and tradespeople in office buildings, government sites, hospitals and universities throughout the metro DC region.
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