Gavin Newsome tries to end lockout at the Westin St. Francis

October 27, 2004 at 3:59 AM | by | ()

SF Mayor Gavin Newsome made good on his promise yesterday when he showed up at the upscale Westin St. Francis hotel in Union Square, in support of the hotel workers, who are now being locked out by many area hotels.

Gavin bellowed to onlookers:

"There are dozens of hotels that are not locking out their workers and I encourage everyone to go to those hotels," he said.

"We respectfully decline the mayor's request for a 90-day cooling-off period," Cornell Fowler, a spokesman for the hotel operators, said after they delivered their message to Mayor Gavin Newsom.

The hotel operators are worried that if they let their workers back on the job, without a new contract, the hotels will be susceptible to future strikes.

Ahh labor strife.  The fun never ends.  Of course this strike and subsequent lock-out have wreaked havoc on the SF hospitality industry over the last couple of months.  Hopefully a resolution can be reached shortly.

Related Stories:
·   Hooray for Newsome! [SFGuardian]
·   SF hotel operators refuse to end lockout [SFGate]
·   SF hotels refuse to end labor lockout [KRON4]

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