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Use of Union Hotels for Conventions and Major Meetings

Policy Date: 1/1/1999
Policy Number: 9922

The American Public Health Association,
Wishing to promote the fair treatment of all workers and their families, including the provision of quality family medical coverage; and knowing that workers at union establishments, including union hotels, are far more likely than their non-union counterparts to be paid a living wage, to receive employer-paid family medical benefits, to enjoy freedom from work-related illness and injuries, and to be treated with dignity and respect;1-11 and
Realizing that non-union hotels are more likely to be the site of labor disputes and picket lines, which could create an unpleasant experience for the members of public health and other organizations as hotel guests, and which could prevent union supporters from participating in conventions, major meetings, and other organizational activities; and
Knowing that many members of public health and other organizations strongly support the right of workers to organize, and that a growing number of the members of public health and other socially conscious organizations are themselves union members, leaders, and staff who would vastly prefer to patronize union hotels;12 therefore
1. Urges that public health and other organizations, to the extent feasible, make every effort to use as main convention hotels only those in which a majority of the hourly work force is represented by one or more labor unions;
2. Urges these organizations to inquire as to the union status of hotels at the time of booking, including the expiration date of any collective bargaining agreements at the hotel in force at the time of booking, or agreed to subsequent to the booking;
3. Urges organizations, to the extent feasible, to insert a clause in their contracts with hotels asserting the right to cancel its contract to use a hotel if that hotel is placed on the "Do Not Patronize" list by the local labor body, or is the site of a boycott called because of unfair labor practices by an organization which represents, or is seeking to represent, a unit consisting of the majority of the hotel's employees; and
4. Urges organizations to acknowledge in all their activities the basic right of employed people to form and join unions of their choosing in order to improve their working conditions, and to work with their employers and others to improve the quality of their service to the public.13

References


  1. APHA Policy Statement 9204: Labor Unions and Health. APHA Public Policy Statements; 1948-present, cumulative. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association; current volume.

  2. APHA Policy Statement 8810: Full and Equitable Employment. APHA Public Policy Statements; 1948-present, cumulative. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association; current volume.

  3. APHA Policy Statement 9508: Full Employment and the Public Health. APHA Public Policy Statements; 1948-present, cumulative. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association; current volume.

  4. APHA Policy Statement 9404: Trade Agreements and Environmental and Occupational Health. APHA Public Policy Statements; 1948-present, cumulative. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association; current volume.

  5. APHA Policy Statement 9715: Impact of Economic Embargoes on Populations Health and Well-being. APHA Public Policy Statements; 1948-present, cumulative. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association; current volume.

  6. APHA Policy Statement 9718(PP): Supporting a National Priority to Eliminate Homelessness. APHA Public Policy Statements; 1948-present, cumulative. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association; current volume.

  7. "Union Status and Health Insurance," Employee Benefit Research Institute, EBRI Notes, May 1999.

  8. US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employee Benefits Survey, 1994, 1995 & 1996.

  9. US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment and Earnings, Vol. 46, No. 1, January 1999, Tables 41 and 43.

  10. Bureau of National Affairs analysis of the Current Population Survey, March 1996; US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Average Pay by State and Industry, 1996", news release, September 11, 1997. (Both show that incomes are lower in right-to-work states).

  11. New Orleans: It's About Respect. The Case for Fairness in New Orleans Hospitality Industry. AFL-CIO. 1998.

  12. See 1, supra.

  13. National Labor Relations Act, Section 7.