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Denise,

I understand why you see it this way. Unfortunately the 
workers of the Hilton Crystal City and my attempts of 
handling this privately was unsuccessful. SVU leadership 
will not even meet or speak with the workers. SVU refuses 
to even discuss the boycott and their use of the hotel. It 
is a stressful situation for everyone, the workers who are 
struggling to take care of their families, and SVU now 
being brought to make a decision of, do we stand by our 
ethics and move? Do nothing and wait and see? Do we 
support the workers struggle? Or, do we support the 
company by denouncing the workers attempts of fighting for 
a fair contract?

The workers and I have been attempting to have a meeting 
with the SVU leadership since October of 2010. The respect 
was never given to us to even have this discussion in a 
private setting.

The reality of the situation is this. SVU has 
unfortunately booked their conference @ a boycotted hotel. 
Boycotts mean rallies, picket lines and other worker 
actions directed at the hotel that customers may find 
disruptive and upsetting. SVU can take the lead and 
support the workers by honoring the boycott. They have 
chosen not too. They can also make sure the conference 
attendees experience is fulfilling by not putting their 
members in a position of potentially having to cross 
picket lines. Unfortunately this has not happened either.

I am always open to ideas of how we as a community can 
work together. I am happy to speak with you more on this 
issue.

In Solidarity,
Micah Ehler
Unite HERE
614-746-1145


On Sun, 20 Feb 2011 12:16:13 -0800
  Denise Levy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Micah,
> This seems to me to be a private matter and please keep 
>it that way.
> 
> 
> 
> Denise Levy
> 
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> 
> On Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 8:22 AM, Micah Ehler 
><[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>> Vascular Professional,
>>
>>
>> The Society for Vascular Ultrasounds 2011 Legislative, 
>>Regulatory &
>> Reimbursement Issues Conference is being held @ the 
>>Hilton Crystal City this
>> November 4th – 5th. The workers of the Hilton Crystal 
>>City have called for a
>> boycott of their own hotel because they have been 
>>without a union contract
>> since April 2006 and Columbia Sussex Corp., the current 
>>owner and operator
>> of the Hilton, has implemented changes that have:
>>
>> -       Increased the cost of health insurance
>> -       Increased the workload of already-overworked 
>>housekeepers
>> -       Failed to respect the right of long-term 
>>employees to work
>> opportunities
>> -       Eliminated sick days & the union pension plan.
>>
>> I have been attempting to open a dialogue with the 
>>Executive Director,
>> Steve Haracznak, and Missy McLean, the Director of 
>>Membership & Meetings, in
>> hopes SVU would consider honor the workers’ call for a 
>>boycott of their own
>> hotel.
>>
>> Instead of taking the lead on this issue, SVU has 
>>responded by saying it
>> “…will not be able to find alternate meeting space in 
>>any event, even if it
>> wanted to terminate its contract with the Hilton…” 
>>Because of SVU’s
>> unacceptable position and apparent lack of action we are 
>>now asking those
>> who may be attending this conference to not attend if 
>>SVU continues ignoring
>> the workers’ call for a boycott of their own hotel.
>>
>> We are also asking for the Vascular Community to contact 
>>Steve Haracznak @
>> 301-459-7550 and urge him to support the workers of the 
>>Hilton Crystal City
>> by moving November’s Conference to a location that is 
>>not subject to a labor
>> dispute.
>>
>> If you would like more information on this campaign, 
>>please call Micah
>> Ehler at 614-746-1145 and visit 
>>http://boycottcolumbiasussex.org/.
>>
>>
>> In Solidarity,
>> Micah Ehler
>> Unite HERE!
>> Boycott Coordinator
>> 614-746-1145
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In Solidarity,
Micah Ehler
Unite HERE!
Boycott Coordinator
614-746-1145
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