UNITE HERE Organizes Downtown Denver Hotel

UNITE-HERE announced today that it has succeeded in its efforts to organize employees of the Convention Center Hyatt hotel downtown, and that today Hyatt management officially recognized the union.

Link thanks to Dan Slater, who has this to say:


This is obviously HUGE news for the bid to bring the Democratic National Convention to Denver in 2008. From the DNC's perspective, the biggest problem with Denver has always been the lack of a unionized hotel. The Hyatt Regency has always been proposed to be the Convention headquarters hotel if the Convention comes to Denver. This news means that the Convention headquarters hotel will, in fact, be a union hotel.


I have been suspicious that this was going to happen ever since the Denver Area Labor Federation dropped its opposition to holding the 2008 DNC in Denver.  I suspect the union used the prospect of bringing the convention to Denver as a carrot to help organize the Hyatt.

Of course, there remain other downtown Denver hotels that are not organized, but the Hyatt win gives UNITE-HERE momentum that it can use to try to organize other downtown hotels.  In any event, the fact that union organizing efforts in the downtown Denver market are succeeding should remove that particular point of opposition to Denver's 2008 DNC bid.

Tags: 2008, Colorado, Democratic National Convention, Denver, Unions (all tags)

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11 Comments

Re: UNITE HERE Wins Denver Hotel Organizing Bid

by Colorado Luis 2006-09-29 02:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Oops

I was trying to edit the title and ended up writing a comment instead.

by Colorado Luis 2006-09-29 02:08PM | 0 recs
Re: UNITE HERE Organizes Downtown Denver Hotel

Great news strategically and more importantly for the hotel workers. Thanks for posting this!

by adamterando 2006-09-29 02:33PM | 0 recs
Re: UNITE HERE Organizes Downtown Denver Hotel

Excellent in every way.  It'll be good if we can bring the convention to Denver, and this is excellent news for the union movement.  Hotel workers' unions are wonderful.  

by Neil the Ethical Werewolf 2006-09-29 03:45PM | 0 recs
Wonderful News

I reaaalllllllllyyy hope the DNC Convention is held in Colorado.  Maybe I can swing by and finally get John Elway's autograph?!

by optimusprime 2006-09-29 05:09PM | 0 recs
Now there's only...

The sticky problem of boredom.

by ElitistJohn 2006-09-29 06:05PM | 0 recs
Re: UNITE HERE Organizes Downtown Denver Hotel

Yes! Win-win! The workers win, and now the Dems can consider it seriously. Good news.

by Mullibok 2006-09-29 06:22PM | 0 recs
Re: UNITE HERE Organizes Downtown Denver Hotel

Excellent news. Hard to see how its not Denver now. I love NYC, but Colorado is so much more important.

by dantheman 2006-09-29 07:42PM | 0 recs
Re: UNITE HERE Organizes Downtown Denver Hotel

And dull.

by ElitistJohn 2006-09-29 09:56PM | 0 recs
Your handle suits you quite well

I'm a freaking NYU student and even I don't think the entire universe revolves around NYC. Get over it.

by OfficeOfLife 2006-09-29 10:31PM | 0 recs
Re: UNITE HERE Organizes Downtown Denver Hotel

Living up to your chosen name there Elitest John?

If we're choosing our convention location based on where DNC delegates can have the best vacation, we don't deserve to win in 2008.

by dantheman 2006-09-30 10:57AM | 0 recs

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