Hotel Workers Call on Trump to Hire DC Residents

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hotel Workers Call on Trump to Hire DC Residents(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)Inside, billionaire Donald Trump wielded a golden shovel, outside, the workers leafleted.  Hired security officers barred hotel workers and the general public from attending or viewing the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for the Trump International at the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue, which took place in an enclosed area on the premises. But that didn’t stop members of UNITE HERE Local 25 from gathering outside to protest. “The Trumps want to spend as much as they can to build this ultra-luxury hotel, but they won’t even commit to hire DC residents or pay good wages,” said Carlita Munson, who works at the Washington Court Hotel. “It kind of speaks to their priorities.” The workers passed out flyers blaming the Trumps for promoting inequality in the city. “Wonder why we have growing inequality?” the flyer asks. “This is how it happens: billionaires who are more concerned with posh than with people, and expect the rest of us to play along.” Sam Epps, the union’s Political Director, added that “Development doesn’t just mean building things. It means creating real opportunities for residents. We’re calling on the Trumps to make a commitment to real economic development that actually benefits the people who live here.”
- photo: UNITE HERE 25 members Pacos Mora and Eusebio Medrano leaflet; photo by Jose Rivera


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