IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW IT, there's an elephant in the hotel. It even has a name — labor — and in 2006 it could turn into an 800-pound gorilla. Next year, hotel contracts expire in several major cities. In Chicago, New York, Boston, Toronto, Honolulu, Sacramento, and Monterey, Calif., contracts are up at most of the major hotels, while contracts are also up for some hotels in Cincinnati and Detroit, one in Seattle, and one in San Francisco. All told, employee contracts at more than 400 ...

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