Hotel chief responds to statements - Catholic Courier

Hotel chief responds to statements

To the editor:

For the past two years the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Rochester has been singled out and has been the subject of significant misinformation and harassment from the UNITE HERE union and its sympathizers Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (C.L.U.E.)

I want to set the record straight and make it perfectly clear that no one is stopping our employees from organizing or joining a union. If our employees want Unite-Here to represent them, they are free to make that decision.

Despite the fact there are no unions representing any hotel employees in the City of Rochester, including Monroe and the immediate surrounding counties, the Crowne Plaza Hotel has been singled out and blamed for conventions not coming to Rochester.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) provides a fair and democratic mechanism for employees to decide for themselves whether they want a union to represent them. The Crowne Plaza has, on frequent occasions, informed the Union, C.L.U.E., and our dedicated employees of our willingness to abide by this process and respect the wishes of our employees in a properly conducted NLRB election.

* To date, neither our employees, nor the union, have petitioned the NLRB for an election for union representation.

* The Crowne Plaza continues to be harassed by UNITE HERE and C.L.U.E. to force our employees to accept the Union without their majority consent.

* How unfair for the entire community to lose conventions and suffer because a Union and C.L.U.E. are misguided in attempting to force people to accept a union the majority have not indicated they want.

We will not force our employees to give up their ability to speak for themselves and accept a union representative they have not selected.

The UNITE HERE and C.L.U.E. may be in solidarity with each other, but not with the employees of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Paul R. Kremp
General Manager
Crowne Plaza Hotel

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