Hotel workers across the United States and Canada have launched a campaign of industrial action to secure recognition and collective bargaining rights in the industry.
Workers at 14 hotels in San Francisco alone are now out on strike, backed by the union UNITE HERE. More strikes are planned in Washington and Los Angeles.
The hotel workers say they want “to prevent the Wal-Martisation” of their industry — it is a response to the rapid consolidation and expansion of the international hotel corporations in recent decades.
See the hotel workers’ website for more information.