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The Hilton Mission Valley hotel — scene of several large protests by members of the Unite Here Local 30 labor union — now faces a new threat: a planned five-day hunger strike from noon Friday to noon Tuesday. This hotel formerly belonged to a Connecticut company which the national union has battled for more than a year. That company sold the Mission Valley facility to Newport Beach-based Evolution Hospitality, part of the Tarsadia Alliance of businesses. Initially, the Connecticut company warned of layoffs by the new owner, which called the police when the union went to visit. Then, Evolution agreed to hire 110 Hilton workers, but subjected them to E-Verify programs. Employers use E-Verify to check Homeland Security records to see if workers are in the country legally. The union says nine workers who have worked at the hotel for more than a year will be fired. So union members and local supporters say they will hold the hunger strike to protest.

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MURPHYJUNK April 4, 2013 @ 2:15 p.m.

so the unions need their dues and are not particular where they come from?


Don Bauder April 4, 2013 @ 3:14 p.m.

Murphyjunk: E-Verify is for new hires. The union says these are not new hires -- the nine people have worked at the hotel for at least a year. The new owner is likely to say that they are new hires because the hiring process started over again when it bought the hotel. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 6, 2013 @ 6:57 a.m.

POLITICIANS TO SPEAK AT HUNGER STRIKE. Congressman Juan Vargas will show up at the hunger strike today (Saturday, April 6) at 10 a.m. to discuss opportunities for federal immigration reform. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Mayor Bob Filner will speak at a community solidarity rally. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 7, 2013 @ 1:14 a.m.

Murphyjunk: Perhaps to onlookers not participating in the hunger strike. Best, Don Bauder


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