by By Kaylee Hultgren | September 16, 2009

Early last week a crowd of 300 union hotel workers and approximately two dozen local and elected officials staged a rally at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, calling for better health-care coverage and pay for hotel workers. The protest, organized by the San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council and Unite Here Local 30, the union representing the workers, was a show of support for health-care reform on both a national and local level, said a spokesperson for the SDICLC. In a statement, the hotel countered, "With the hotel industry suffering 30-40 percent revenue drops in the last year, we find the union's offer for only a two-year contract that calls for wage and benefit increases of over 50 percent to be excessive and unrealistic." Union workers have been negotiating for a new contract since June.