Unionized hotel workers began a boycott of the Hilton San Francisco Tuesday with an 800-person march and a 160-person sit-in blocking the hotel lobby, which resulted in dozens of arrests, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Members of the hotel workers union Local 2 have staged a series of walkouts and boycotts since their contract expired in August. The union has sought to retain health care coverage with low co-payments, while management has insisted that the San Francisco workers pay more of the ever-rising costs.
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Management representatives have said the boycotts and disruptions hurt San Francisco's tourist industry. Union officials say profitable corporate hotel chains can afford to maintain the benefits.