Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The following story and appeal is from the United Students Against Sweatshops. It's an appeal for solidarity with workers in Arlington, Virginia who are being deprived of their right to unionize.

Tell HEI to Respect Workers' Demands for Justice!:
Last Thursday, February 26, 2009, workers at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, went public with a demand that the company respect their desire for a Card Check/Neutrality Process! Just hours before the delegation, Union leader Ferdi Lazo was suspended indefinitely by HEI. One day after seeing the outpouring of support from students, local union members and the community, HEI managers asked Ferdi to report back to work the following Tuesday, but without pay for the days of his unjust suspension. While Ferdi's return to work shows the importance of community support, it also highlights the need for workers' demand of Company neutrality. Tell HEI to respect its workers' demands for justice!
Call Sheraton Crystal City General Manager, Pradeep Bobba:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am a student calling from ________. I urge you to immediately respect the rights of your hotel workers by signing a Card Check Neutrality Agreement and paying Ferdi Lazo backpay for the days he was unjustly suspended! Thank you.
Please go to THIS LINK to send an email to the Sheraton management.
Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Mr. Bert Lazar
Mr. Gary Mendell
Mr. Pradeep Bobba
Mr. Tim Connolly
Sheraton Crystal City Management
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Respect Your Workers' Demands for Justice!
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
I am encouraged to see that you have corrected your unjust suspension of Ferdi Lazo by putting him back to work this week. However, the fact that he was suspended the very same day as the workers' first public delegation to demand a for a fair and democratic process for deciding whether to form a union, without management interference is highly suspicious and concerning to me. Combined with similarly suspicious lay offs and discipline of Union Activists in HEI's Hilton Long Beach and Le Meridien hotels, Ferdi's suspension indicates a pattern of harassment of Union activists and leaders. This pattern highlights the need for HEI to affirmatively pledge it's neutrality by signing a card check/neutrality agreement.
I demand that you immediately respect Ferdi Lazo and his coworkers' right to organize. Pay Ferdi for the four days of work that he missed! Sign the card check neutrality agreement that the workers have demanded!

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