UNITE HERE organizers continue to be the poster children for ethically challenged union organizing. Today we check in with the San Francisco Chronicle, where a local hotelier says UNITE HERE Local 2850 leaders are acting under the guise of a non-profit organization named EBASE (though “debase” may be a more appropriate term).
From Hugh MacIntosh, general manager of Woodfin Suites Hotel in Emeryville:
And while the unions feign interest in the economic livelihood of Emeryville and the welfare of workers, they think nothing of attempting to sabotage our hotel’s business by paying bullhorn-toting protesters to show up at our property at 7 a.m. on Saturdays to intimidate and annoy our employees, neighbors and guests.
Without the confidence to engage in transparent membership drives that offer workers a clear, honest picture of their working lives under a union regime, these organizations are left with no choice but to sell service and hospitality employees a bill of goods. Unfortunately, it’s the workers who ultimately will be left holding the bag.
Perhaps it’s time for responsible union officials to check out of UNITE HERE’s low-rent ways.