“It's like the first round of a heavyweight championship, everybody's feeling each other out,” says Joe McInerney, president and chief executive officer, American Hotel and Lodging Association, Washington, D.C. McInerney was speaking of the battle brewing between hotel employers and the employees union, Unite Here, over worker contracts that expire in six major cities in 2006. First in line is Toronto, where contracts at 23 hotels were set to expire January 31. At press time, negotiations ...

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