Workers at Trump’s Washington Hotel Vote to Join Union, Casting Spotlight on Potential Conflicts

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Onlookers stand outside the Trump International Hotel hoping to get a glimpse of President-elect Donald Trump arriving on January 19. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Drew Harwell and Jonathan O’Connell on January 31, 2017.

Workers at President Trump’s Washington hotel have voted to join one of America’s leading labor unions, setting the stage for potentially tense labor negotiations at one of Trump’s most high-profile businesses a few blocks from the White House.

About 40 housekeepers and guest-room workers at the Trump International Hotel Washington voted last week to join Unite Here Local 25, a chapter that represents 6,500 hospitality workers across the Washington area, a union executive said.

The vote, the first major unionization effort of Trump-company workers following Trump’s inauguration, again highlights the thorny entanglements facing the businessman-president, who has given corporate management responsibilities to his children but has refused to divest from his business interests.

The president will be able to appoint the top members of the National Labor Relations Board, which rules on labor disputes, including the bitter months-long battle last year between Trump and workers at his Las Vegas hotel. …

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