by By Sarah J.F. Braley | November 11, 2009

Calling a new city ordinance covering service workers unconstitutional, the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority has filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court against Providence, according to the Providence Journal. The convention center argues that the city is in violation of the National Labor Relations Act, which regulates the collective-bargaining process, and that the city doesn't have the authority to regulate state-owned facilities. The Hospitality Business Protection and Worker Retention ordinance, which went into effect Oct. 26, requires the convention center, the Dunkin' Donuts Center, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, and the Westin, Hilton and Renaissance hotels to retain employees for up to six months following a change in management.