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This week, more than 600 human resources professionals attended the SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference. These participants work every day handling HR issues so coming to Washington for a few days of learning and getting away from HR matters was a welcomed break. What greeted them when they got to the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill? You guessed it – a labor dispute!
In front of the hotel main entrance on New Jersey Avenue, just a block from the Capitol grounds, was a large banner announcing the labor dispute. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters objects to the substandard wages being paid by a sub-contractor to union carpenters. The Hyatt contracted with First Finish, Inc. for renovation work inside the hotel and First Finish subcontracted with Mambo Contractors, Inc. The carpenters union has a labor dispute with Mambo “…for contributing to the erosion of area standards for local carpenter craft employees…” and that Mambo “does not meet area labor standards including providing or fully paying for family health care and pension for all of its carpenter craft employees on all projects.”
The union is not seeking to induce any person to cease work or refuse to make deliveries. When asked if it was considered crossing a picket line, the two women with the sign said that it is okay to enter the hotel as this is not a strike. These women said that they were not carpenters but that they worked for the union.
So much for getting away from the issues in the office!