Sheraton Stamford workers fight cutbacks and layoffs
Video and photos by Lupita Agrado
Hospitality workers at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel, members of Local 217 UNITE HERE, were notified on Friday, Oct. 11th, that hotel management intends to close four important hotel departments on Friday, Oct. 25th. The Hotel plans to close:
The entire Bell Staff Services/Van Driver Service
The entire Room Service Department
The Club Lounge
The Restaurant during lunch service
These cuts will hurt more than thirteen workers and their families. The Union has objected to the cuts while workers are negotiating their first-time contract. The Union has asked the Hotel to not cut important guest-service jobs.
Instead of working with the Union to find sustainable ways to save money and increase business, the Company is risking a slash-and-burn strategy that will severely affect its workers and their families.
With a large picket line workers from 3 union hotels organized by Local 217 unite here and supporters from UFCW members, local politicians, and the CT Western Federation of the AFL-CIO demanded an end to cutbacks, layoffs. They are also fighting for a good contract.