The Unite HERE Local 11 union's call for a boycott of the Hilton Long Beach hotel has already paid dividends.
Maybe . . . in four years.
The United Church for Christ has announced it will honor the boycott and move an event to another hotel.
"If a labor dispute is in effect as we come closer to our event date, it is most likely that we would . . . be unable to use the Long Beach Hilton as a General Synod hotel," United Church for Christ representative Edith Guffey tells Los Angeles Business Journal.
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Score one for Unite HERE Local 11?
Uh, not yet, Norma Rae.
The church event is not scheduled until 2013, according to Hilton officials.
A battle to unionize the at the the 397-room hotel has been going on for more than a year--with charges and counter charges. Unite HERE claims hotel management has harassed workers who showed interest in joining the union. The hotel counters that in pushing for card-check voting, the union is denying workers the right to a secret-ballot election.