Hotel Workers Announce Organizing Drive At Masonic Temple

Renaissance Providence HotelThis is big news, and the culmination of literally years of organizing:  Workers at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel — the old Masonic Temple, between the State House and Providence Place Mall — are demanding recognition of their union.  Nearly 80% of workers have signed cards announcing their intent to organize.  The hotel, recipient of millions of dollars in federal, state, and municipal tax breaks, committed to not contesting their organizing.  We’ll soon know if they’ll actually be abiding by that pledge:

Benjamin Terry, a Renaissance hotel worker, says approximately 125 hotel workers voted over the holiday season to join Local 217.

“We want the right to organize and go union,” Terry said.

According to Cooke, of Local 217, the hotel, which is a Marriott franchise, agreed to allow workers to unionize as a part of the tax breaks they received from the city.

The vote to unionize will now be verified by a third party under a “Card Counting Neutrality Agreement” that the hotel agreed to, said Cooke. Under the neutrality agreement, the employer cannot interfere in the employees’ decisions about whether to join the union, and the employees and the union agree not to disrupt the workplace through strikes, picketing or boycotts, according to Unite Here’s Web site.

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