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SF: 150 arrested during Hotel Workers protest
150 workers and their supporters arrested today for protesting Hotel management's stalling tactics during contract negotiations.
150 Arrests during Demonstration by San Francisco Hotel Workers
By Frontlines correspondent
SAN FRANCISCO -- Over 500 of San Francisco hotel employees and supporters today staged a noisy protest in Union Square with more than 150 of them arrested for blocking Powell Street.
With labor contracts beginning to expire Saturday for more than 7,000 hotel workers in San Francisco, hotel and union representatives are trying to hash out differences over health care and pension costs, wages and employee workloads.
The contracts expiring Saturday affect 29 hotels. Contracts at 30 other San Francisco hotels are due to expire in September. Union representatives told Frontlines that management is trying to stall negotiations. The same source says that members of Local 2 have been working without a contract for three weeks and will take a strike vote next week.
Hundreds of workers and labor activists marched from Market Street to Union Square where they sat down in the streets stopping the cable cars, blocking traffic and paralyzing the shopping district.
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