--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UNITE HERE:
Who: UNITE HERE Local 25, the union that represents approximately 6,500 hotel, restaurant, and casino workers in DC, MD, and VA
What: Union members and staff picketing, handing out leaflets and speaking on bullhorns outside the hotel to alert guests about the absence of a union contract at the Fairmont
Where & When: Sunday, May 14th at 11am and 2pm on the public sidewalk outside the Fairmont Georgetown: 2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Why: Workers at the Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown, operated by Accor, are not protected by a union contract. Local 25 has negotiated contract with other hotels that include:
- 100% employer-paid healthcare for union hotel workers and their families.
- An employer funded fixed-benefit pension that allows union hotel workers to retire with dignity.
- Days off: Most union hotel workers get two consecutive, fixed days off and are not required to work on their off-day, without 36-hour notice, unless there is an emergency.
- Over time: Union hotel workers receive time and one-half pay if they over 40 hours in one week, if they work over 8 hours in one day, or if they work on their day off.
- Room quotas for housekeepers: Union housekeepers in D.C. have workload protections and are not required to clean more than 16 rooms per day.
- Work schedules: Most union hotel workers get their weekly schedule three days in advance—this allows workers to make plans, take care of personal obligations, and spend more time with their families.