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Images from the SF Hotel Workers' Demonstration
The hotel workers of San Francisco gathered today for a march which culminated in an act of civil disobedience and several arrests.
San Francisco hotel workers gathered earlier today to demand a fair union contract. The demonstration culminated in an act of civil disobedience, as several protestors sat down on the cable car tracks next to Union Square. Those involved in the direct action were arrested and taken away as the crowd chanted in support.
The contract affects 7,000 union members which account for 85% of the industry in San Francisco. Key issues include health care coverage for hotel workers, their families, and retirees; increased pension contributions to guarantee a secure retirement; the right for workers of new or acquired hotels to be represented by the union; ending abusive treatment by subcontractors; wage increases; and workload.
Of particular importance to the workers is guaranteeing that the new contract expires in 2006, which would coincide with the expiration date of contracts in Boston, New York, Toronto, Chicago, and Hawaii. This would allow hotel workers across North America to join forces and engage employers in a national debate over issues such as immigration and health care costs.
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Rally at Market St.
Board of Supervisors' member Tom Ammiano addresses the workers during the rally.
On the sidelines
Healthcare is one of the key issues being fought over in the contract negotiations.
Several protestors sit in the middle of the street in a planned act of civil disobedience.
Giving the crowd a beat to follow.
Hear our voices
Organizers chanting through bullhorns keep the militant spirit of the workers going.
A demonstrator is arrested by the police. The arrests proceeded peacefully and without incidents.
MUNI to the rescue
A MUNI bus was brought to the scene when police buses proved not to have enough room for all of those arrested.
A member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation is taken away by the police. Several organizations participated in the direct action in solidarity with the hotel workers.
The crowd chants in support as those involved in the direct action are taken away.