Union to rally in downtown Roch.
Look for the labor union representing workers at a Rochester hotel to stage a large rally and picket in downtown today, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
UNITE HERE Local 21 is in a contract dispute with the owner of the Rochester City Center Hotel, formerly a Holiday Inn Express. The rally is scheduled to be in front of the hotel at at 220 S. Broadway.
“We have been in contract negotiations with hotel owner Mike Bhatka for several months and he has given us a final offer which the union has rejected," says union president Brian Brandt in a statement.
Bhatka says he is instituting a contract this week, which he describes as "competitive."
Brandt says the contract cuts housekeepers' wages by $3 an hour and the pay of the only remaining maintenance worker by $5 an hour. He says the contract that the union opposing also takes away all health coverage, sick pay and pension benefits.