Published On: Wed, Jun 6th, 2012

Workers Strike at Doubletree Hotel San Jose

About 250 workers at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California walked off the job Monday morning, marking the first strike at a Silicon Valley hotel since the region’s hotel industry began its expansion in the 1980’s.

Workers are striking against the company’s efforts to impose long-term wage freezes and underfund health care. The Doubletree hotel is part of the Hilton chain – which is owned by the giant investment firm, Blackstone Group.

“I dream of sending my four year old son to preschool,” said Dolores Dominguez, a banquet server who has worked at the Doubletree for 9 years, as reported by Unite Here. “But there’s no way I could do that right now, especially if the hotel keeps squeezing us like this. I’m on strike for my family, so I can give them a good education and keep them healthy.”

This strike, which will last until Friday, June 8, comes after 11 months of negotiations between worker and management.

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