Union's Hotel Boycott Wins Support . . . in the Future

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.

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.

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