Pittsburgh Workers Demand Share of City's Booming Hospitality Industry
October 17, 2011
On October 12th hundreds of UNITE HERE Local 57 members converged on the Consol Energy Center after rallying in front of some of the city's largest hotels. This action comes amid the expiration of contracts between Local 57 members and the Westin, Omni William Penn and Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh hotels.
The march began at Mellon Square and ended at the Consol Center where Local 57 members are also in the midst of ongoing negotiations with food service provider Aramark.
The rally united Local 57's food service and hotel workers behind a common demand: good faith negotiations to secure contracts that allow workers to share in the success of the city's booming hospitality and service sector.
"The hospitality industry is booming in this region in large part because of the customer service that Pittsburgh workers provide. We are here to demand that hospitality employers in Pittsburgh place the same value in that service as we do," said Omni William Penn Ideal Services Agent and Local 57 Executive Board Member Mario Davis.