Calvin Miaw is an organizer with UNITE HERE local 19,

Hudson News Workers Rally for Justice at San Jose Airport

Calvin Miaw

On Friday, March 15, nearly 100 workers and community members picketed at the San Jose Airport.  They were protesting the Hudson News company, which employs over 40 union members at the airport.  Unite Here! Local 19, which represents those members, has been negotiating with the company for 19 months without reaching an agreement for a first contract.  The Hudson employees are demanding a fair contract that includes good health care coverage.

“The company said they only want to make money, not share it with us,” said Herminia Pecho, a Hudson retail sales associate.  “That's why they are unwilling to provide us health care as good as the other two union employers at San Jose Airport, HMS Host and Areas.  But we are the ones doing all the work for them to have clean stores and happy customers.  What we want is equality.”

Doubletree Hotel Workers Launch Historic Strike in San Jose

At 4 a.m. yesterday morning, workers at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose began to walk off the job. The picket lines grew as more workers arrived for their am shift and were informed “We're going on strike!”  The 250 cooks, dishwashers, servers, bartenders, front desk agents, bellpersons, and room attendants at the Doubletree made history yesterday — it's the first hotel strike in San Jose in 36 years. They'll be on strike through midnight Thursday evening.

The Doubletree is owned by Hilton, which is part of Blackstone — a company that earned a tidy $1 billion in profit in the last six months, and has been expanding their hotel investments over the past few years.  Yet Hilton has insisted on long-term wage freezes and underfunding its employees' health care.