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.