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by Michael C. Lowe | September 22, 2010

The San Diego City Council passed a labor-backed proposal that could force downtown San Diego hotel developers and operators to use union workers, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Union representatives argued that jobs in hotel development were some of the city's lowest paying. The proposal allows the city council to review future hotel projects to ensure they are aligned with the city's stated economic goals, including the presence of jobs with self-sufficient wages. While the proposal does not actually mandate union or "living wages" for hotel workers, hoteliers believe it will effectively give the hotel workers union, Unite Here Local 30, the ability to leverage concessions from developers and operators. In addition, hoteliers warned longer processing times and higher labor costs would mean fewer future hotel developments.