South Florida hotel workers at new St. Regis Hotel Bal Harbor organize their union
November 2, 2012
On Tuesday, October 30, employees at the new St. Regis Bal Harbor, located a few blocks north of Miami Beach, became members of UNITE HERE Local 355, South Florida’s hospitality and tourism workers union. The St. Regis workers will now begin negotiating their first contract. With the union certification and acknowledgement by St. Regis management, the hotel becomes the fourth union hotel in South Florida. Suzette Annakie, housekeeping room attendant, "I feel proud of myself,proud of my co-workers, proud to have accomplished a goal I set out to win. Now we have the next task in front of us, but I know we will win because we are united." Members now join their hotel colleagues at the famed Fontainebleau Hotel, the Miami Beach Resort and the Westin Diplomat located in Hallandale Beach. The count was conducted by Fr. Alejandro Roque from the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Miramar.