Fighting back in high-end hotels: an interview with a Miami Wobbly

An interview with an IWW member in Miami about working in hotels.

In November 2013, the Miami IWW interviewed one of its members, Eduardo Segundo, about his organizing and experiences in a high-end hotel in Miami.

Miami IWW (M): Describe your workplace. Who were the clients, workers, and how was the environment when you got there?

Las Vegas Casino workers have had enough of union busting bosses

Over 3000 workers without permanent contracts have blockaded three lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard and a further 100 have occupied the lobby of the Cosmopolitan Casino - all of whom were subsequently handcuffed and arrested. Most of those involved have been working in casinos across Las Vegas for more than two years without any job security. Several Las Vegas casino owners are known to have contributed sizeable sums to a Republican Party ‘union busting’ campaign.

This is the second such demonstration in 2013 and the second to end in the arrests of over 100 peaceful demonstrators. The police only waited a few minutes before reading a warning over a megaphone warning people that they are trespassing. Nobody can interfere with the flow of money upstairs to casino bosses, so they were quickly dealt with.

Women in the cleaning sector and hotel-restaurant industry: syndicalist conversations

The purpose of these interviews is to provide an insight into the situation and the struggles of female workers in the cleaning sector and the hotel-restaurant industry. To this end, we have met cleaning and catering trade union members of the CNT-Solidarité Ouvrière in the Paris region.

More generally, we hope to encourage readers to think about the relationships between women's struggles and labour unions, from the perspective of emancipatory social transformation. Of course, this article does not claim to exhaust the subject, but rather elicit contributions.

The Corporation (Documentary)

The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.

Provoking, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, The Corporation is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis.

“What do you do for a living?”

A tale of toil by Frank Edgewick, a guest services agent in an American hotel.

Day of Solidarity: Portland, Seattle & San Francisco

Seattle Solidarity Network action, Hotel Max in Seattle, 29 April 2011

On 29 April 2011 pickets took place in 3 West Coast cities in solidarity with workers at San Francisco's Hotel Frank.

The hotel was auctioned off in a foreclosure sale in May, 2010 by Wells Fargo Bank, who then sold the hotel to a financial speculator, who hired a company called Provenance to manage the hotel. Provenance proceeded to fire 3 workers, stop paying for health care, and increase hours and workload.

1974: Cedar Rapids Strike Continues

Description of a Cedar Rapids, Iowa hotel strike in 1974. From Free Flowing (December 1974 Volume 2 Number 1).

The strike at the Roosevelt Hotel in downtown Cedar Rapids continues. It began when Robert Cook, the manager, decided to fight the workers' union, local 497 of the Hotel & Restaurant Employees & Bartenders International Union (AFL-CIO). The strike has been in effect since Aug 1.

Pearl Continental Workers End Sit-in, Hunger Strike as Crisis Forces Management Response

Two hundred union members occupying the basement of the Pearl Continental Karachi Hotel ended their 25-day sit-in on Saturday night, March 20 when a direct representative of the hotel's owner directly intervened in the conflict for the first time ever in the more than 8-year history of the conflict.

Pressure had escalated with the March 19 declaration of an indefinite hunger strike by two union members.

China: three days of rioting over suspicious death

Residents of Shishou clash with riot police

Residents of the city of Shishou in the central province of Hubei fought police and set fire to a hotel after authorities labeled the death of a chef at a hotel a “suicide”.

The chef, 24 year old Tu Yuangao, was found dead outside the Yonglong hotel on the 17th of June, but his family cast doubt on the finding of “suicide” after viewing his body. They said there were no signs of blood where he was found, and the injuries on his body were inconsistent with a fall.

Jamaican labour minister intervenes to try and avert hotel strike

William Alexander Bustamante - founder of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union

Labour Minister Derrick Kellier has scheduled a meeting for tomorrow with contractors, as well as the two major trade unions representing the more than 2,000 workers at the Fiesta Hotel site in Hanover, in light of a threat by disgruntled workers to lock down the project.

Kellier, who was making his first appearance yesterday at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House since he was appointed minister just more than a year ago, is expected to chair the meeting, which will involve representatives of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) and the National Workers Union (NWU), as well as the two main contractors on the site.