24 Hotel Workers Defend
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Workers and supporters
at the Holiday Inn in Concord, CA, demonstrate and march outside the hotel.
Their union, UNITE HERE Local 2850, had been trying to negotiate a new contract
for a year with new owner Kevin Akash, who was demanding that workers increase
their payments for health insurance from $40 to $700 per month. The average
wage for a roomcleaner at the hotel was $9.35 per hour, or about $1590 per
month, before taxes. A month earlier workers voted to reject the company
demand and called for a boycott of the hotel. Danilo Orcullo, a Filipino
union and community activist and worker at the Oakland airport, walked on
the picketline with the hotel workers.
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