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Hotel Workers Push For Union, Encourage Boycott

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By Peter Granitz

Hotel workers in Arlington are protesting what they call employer abuses. They say two hotels in Crystal City are violating their rights as workers.

Corina Williams says she worked at the Hilton for twenty seven years, fist cleaning rooms and later in customer service, but was laid off last year.

Williams joined a few dozen activists, union organizers and other workers Saturday evening, marching alongside Jefferson Davis Highway from the Hilton Hotel to the Sheraton.

Workers at the Sheraton say they're trying to organize a union but management intimidates them. Williams says she'll continue to protest - until she gets her job back and others can join the union.

"We're not too tired to fight. They have to be tired. Cold - never. If the snow is coming, we're coming. It doesn't matter what the problem is in the street, we're coming to fight," says Williams.

Workers at the Sheraton are encouraging would-be patrons to stay elsewhere. A spokesperson for H.E.I., the company that owns the Sheraton, did not return requests for comment.


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