(audio) "Well certainly I think we have established the new union standard.”
That’s UNITE HERE's Rachel Gumpert, talking about recent worker victories at Marriott on the AFL-CIO’s “State of the Unions” podcast.
(audio) "UNITE HERE is proud that our median wages for hotel workers are nearly double the non-union rates. And that just goes to show how much better all these hotel companies can do if they feel the need to do so. Power concedes nothing without demand and we’re going to continue bargaining to win these standards everywhere. The night that we won our settlement in San Francisco our president there Anand Singh went out to address the media and he let them know that they have other contract expirations that have already hit...and that we now know...the deal we’re going to be seeking with Hilton, with Hyatt, with every other chain. Marriott is the leader in the industry and they have set the standard and we’re going to be holding every other employer to that standard."
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1987, OSHA adopted a grain handling facilities standard to protect 155,000 workers at nearly 24,000 grain elevators from the risk of fire and explosion from highly combustible grain dust.
Today’s labor quote is by Joseph "Jock" Yablonski, the United Mine Workers reformer murdered – along with his wife and daughter -- on this date in 1969 by hitmen hired by union president Tony Boyle, who was convicted of the crime and eventually died in prison.
"Jock" Yablonski, who, played by Charles Bronson in the 1986 film "Act of Vengeance," tells mine workers president Tony Boyle, played by Wilford Brimley:
“You knew that mine was unsafe; but you turned your back for a couple of bucks.”
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