Union activity is heating up in Boston, where the local chapter of the hotel employees union, UNITE HERE, has voted to authorize a strike, if necessary, and workers have picketed in the streets. Unite Here Local 26 voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike in mid-March, following months of unsuccessful negotiations with Boston hoteliers. Hotel worker contracts at 19 Boston hotels expired on November 30, 2006 (except for one, the Westin Copley Place, Boston, where the contract expired March ...

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