Should city embrace hotel union?

December 14, 2007
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Just when you thought plans for a new downtown convention hotel were set to go forward, four City-County Council members want the full council to essentially force the new hotel to employ union workers after it opens.

The City-County Council, which is controlled by Democrats, is preparing to vote on the resolution Monday night.

Council member Joanne Sanders, a Democrat who sponsored the resolution, said it would offer safeguards to keep employers from blocking union organizers.

A Republican council member, Scott Schneider, counters that the resolution is intended as payback to its big labor constituency.

Should the council OK the resolution?

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  • Since when does the goverment have the right to force businesses to have a labor union?
  • Anything that prevents the absolutely hideous JW Mariott from being built is A-OK in my book!!
  • I say yes! We need protection against labor unrest.
  • Since when does the goverment have the right to force businesses to have a labor union?

    Government has the right to force businesses to have a labor union, when those businesses, who otherwise indicate that they need to be left alone to operate in the free market, ask for handouts from government! If they would forego all of their incentives, then that would render irrelevant anything the council would do.
  • NO. but hey, a great thought from a bunch of losers. i'm sure the best way to try to bring business to indy is to show them that we'll force unions down their throats. this kind of out of the box thinking is what gave the republicans the majority.
  • you know what dp, we don't want this terrible business in Indy with their terrible, interstate quality hotels!
  • I really wish Hotel Intercontinental will come back. I still hate Indy for what they did on choosing JW Marriott instead. Sometimes the city is just plain embarrassing.
  • Last time I checked, this wasn't a blog about the architecture of the building. The fact of the matter is that Marriott is the largest convention hotel chain in the world, and by selecting them, we not only got a J.W brand, which is on the same level of the Conrad, but we also gained access to their vast database of convention contacts. For once, try to look to the business end, and not just to the aesthetics of the building.

    Anyway, back to what this blog is about, I do believe that if they want government subsidies then protections should be in place for the workers. If they don't want the union, then they better start looking for more money.
  • I work at the Convention Center and let me tell you the Council should vote yes on that resolution. The last thing we need is picket lines and strikes, for heaven's sake!
  • Amen, sister. Why should Marriott get all that public money without some guarantees for the city's (and our!) investment? Give me a break!
  • Nick, JW Mariott is NOT on the same level as Conrad!

    And you're wrong, for ONCE we should look to the aesthetics of a building, not completely at the business end, which ALWAYS happens in Indy!

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