by Kaylee Hultgren | November 25, 2009

Last Wednesday, approximately 650 union hotel workers at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco initiated a three-day strike, the third hotel strike to take place in the city this month. Unite Here Local 2, the union representing the workers, alleges the Westin's management has proposed unfair reductions to employees' health and retirement benefits. The following day, approximately 300 hotel workers and community members rallied outside the Grand Hyatt hotel in support of Hyatt workers across the country. In response, the Hotel Council of San Francisco issued a statement this week urging Local 2 to end the strikes and instead focus on the negotiating table. Workers and hotel management have been negotiating since late August.