February 4, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – The about 40 housekeepers and guest-room workers at the Trump International Hotel Washington have voted overwhelmingly to join UNITE HERE Local 25.
Local 25 secretary-treasurer John Boardman told the Washington Post that they will seek to bring the recently opened hotel into the multi-union contract that covers other downtown Washington hotels, under which housekeepers and dishwashers would get raises to $52,000 a year by the end of the five-year pact. He said he expects contract negotiations to begin “very soon” and that he thinks the company “would like to reach an agreement.” Trump refused to recognize a vote by workers at his Las Vegas hotel to join UNITE HERE Local 226 for more than a year, finally offering them a contract talks last December after he lost several National Labor Relations Board rulings. Local 25 is also organizing about 80 bartenders, servers, porters and other workers at the Washington hotel, and expects them to vote on representation soon. Read more