April 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
San Francisco, CA – A proposed agreement between and the Service Employees International Union to promote union housekeepers in the company’s short-term rental apartments fell through after objections that the Airbnb is undermining union hotel jobs and affordable housing.
The SEIU said April 21 that it had met with UNITE HERE, the leading hotel workers’ union, and had agreed “to find a common approach to protect and expand the stock of affordable housing in all communities across the country and to protect and preserve standards for workers in residential and hotel cleaning while also growing opportunities for these cleaners to improve their lives.” SEIU and Airbnb had been discussing a deal to have the company encourage hosts to use cleaning services that have union workers and pay at least $15 an hour. Other unions, including UNITE HERE, have rejected similar proposals. The hotel union “will continue to vigorously oppose any efforts by Airbnb to expand, and push for commonsense laws to mitigate the devastating impact this company has had on our communities,” spokesperson Annemarie Strassel said. Read more