The Hilton Seattle is entertaining prospective buyers right now, and union workers are in danger of being replaced with poverty-wage jobs.
PROTEST AGAINST POVERTY JOBS: HILTON SEATTLE
Monday, January 16th at 3pm (After the MLK Day March)
Hilton Seattle, 6th and University
“To end humiliation was a start, but to end poverty is a bigger task.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join us to send a message to the Seattle Hilton and the R.C. Hedreen Company that Seattle won’t stand for the erosion of middle class jobs, and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s revolutionary spirit.
Since October 20th, the Seattle Hilton has been under BOYCOTT until they agree to protect workers’ jobs when the hotel is sold.
The sale of the Hilton Seattle is now imminent. The R.C. Hedreen Company (which owns the Hilton Seattle) stands to make an enormous profit on the backs of their workers who have dedicated their lives to the hotel. Most of them are people of color, immigrants, and women who could be left out in the cold.
“We could be fired any day when the hotel is sold, and replaced with minimum-wage workers,” says Chuck Cruise, a second-generation bellman at the Seattle Hilton with over 20 years experience. “They have the power to save our jobs as a condition of sale, all we’re asking is that they use that power to take care of their workers. We’ve given them years of loyal service.”
Join us on Monday to send a message to the Seattle Hilton and the R.C. Hedreen Company that Seattle won’t stand for the erosion of middle class jobs, and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s revolutionary spirit.
Dr. King considered the growth of unions as central to the advancement of civil rights in the United States. His “Poor People’s Campaign” focused on economic injustice faced by all working people. “To end humiliation was a start,” he declared, “but to end poverty is a bigger task.” Dr. King partnered with labor unions to advance living wage jobs and dignity at the workplace, and ultimately lost his life during the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike in 1968. We honor Dr. King’s memory by learning about and supporting labor struggles today.
See you Monday at 3pm!