Posts Tagged ‘working conditions’

Update: Hotel strike settled!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Good news since our last posting about the strike at the Hilton San Francisco, where the COABE conference will be held this year.

UNITE HERE and Hilton reach settlements in Chicago, San Francisco, and Hawaii*

After extensive negotiations, Hilton leads industry with contracts that move workers forward as the industry emerges from recession.

After many months of bargaining, UNITE HERE and Hilton Worldwide have reached tentative settlements in three major markets–Chicago, San Francisco, and Honolulu. The agreements signal a major breakthrough in citywide hotel negotiations nationally and a path forward for hotel workers as the hospitality industry emerges from the recession. The tentative agreements, affecting nearly 4,000 workers, have been recommended by the respective negotiating committees in each city and are subject to ratification by the local membership.

Organizing a Union: Some Steps

Monday, November 15th, 2010

STEP ONE: Know Your Rights

1) The right to join a union is a human right. “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States to…encourag[e] the practice and procedure of collective bargaining and [to] protect… the exercise by workers of full freedom of association, self-organization and designation of representatives of their own choosing, for the purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment or other mutual aid or protection.” [from Declaration of Human Rights]

Improving Working Conditions at the Haitian Multi-Service Center

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Sara Jorgensen, Adult Education Program Director at the Haitian Multi-Service Center in Dorchester, interviewed by Andy Nash

Sara Jorgensen

When you became adult education director, what did you do that affected staff working conditions?

First, I built a culturally representative management team of long-term staff. I gave them some hours paid at a higher rate to do administrative tasks and improve our tracking systems. We share leadership – decision-making, planning, problem-solving, hiring. We meet every week (the full staff meets every other week). It was this management team that decided to move toward more full-time jobs. (more…)

I love my work, but I just can’t afford it.

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Roaches and mice are alive and well and quite possibly learning English.
-Boston-based ESL teacher

I have been in the field for 6 years. I work 3 part-time jobs (totaling 32 hours/week; 18 teaching hours) to earn $27,000. My pay ranges from $18/hour (with 1:2 prep time) to $30/hour (with 1:6 prep time).

I get paid sick time at my one unionized job, but nowhere do I get any vacation time or health benefits. I get no pay for school vacations or when programs are closed.

Technically, I have access to a program computer but, if someone else is on it, I can’t wait because I have another job to get to. So I end up using my home as my office, paying for my own paper, ink cartridges, on-line fees, etc. Then I schlep my materials around from job to job.