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The Hilton San Diego Mission Valley hotel has filed with the state its intention to lay off 148 workers on March 2. The hotel filed the notification under the state's WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) system run by the Employment Development Department. Worker conditions at the hotel have been subject of a number of labor protests. In November, workers picketed the facility. Most had officially indicated they wanted to join the Unite Here Local 30, a hotel workers' union. In May, a hundred workers picketed to launch a campaign for membership in that union. In August, more than 20 workers filed claims totaling $250,000 with the State Labor Commissioner for alleged wage theft.

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Visduh Feb. 6, 2013 @ 9:50 p.m.

After three days with no comments posted, I just have to ask the big question. If the hotel lays off nearly 150 employees, how will it get the work done? Or is it going to close? That would be one way to end the labor strife. Close for a week or two, change the hotel chain affiliation to, say, Sheraton, and reopen as a "new" hotel. With an all-new staff, of course. Actually, I doubt that that's what will happen. They have probably already brought several new employees on board, and this cut of 148 is taking place during a slow time of year. They will somehow determine that those who want the union affiliation (and those who want their overtime from past years) are those "no longer needed." They will within a few days find the staff insufficient for the work needing to be done and will start hiring again. Is there any requirement for recalling laid-off employees first? Unless some enforcement agency watches this shuffle very closely, the hotel will rid itself of those malcontents (whose lack of contentment was a direct result of mismanagement of the operation), shake off the union organizing drive, and will slip through the clutches of the NLRB and the organizers. And if they do those things, the hotel managers will be acting most illegally. But, hey, if you don't get caught, why not do it?


Burwell Feb. 6, 2013 @ 11:36 p.m.

The hotel owners are probably going to fire everyone and hire an outside contractor to manage the hotel. The outside contractor will hire its own employees to insure a seamless transition. It's also possible that the hotel will change hands soon and the new owners want the union agitators off the payroll before the deal closes. The owners have almost certainly hired a union-busting labor lawyer to make sure the firing holds up in court. I'm sure the owners have a legal strategy in place to stave off unionization. The mass firing may be a last ditch effort to stop the union. Only time will tell.


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