When I read this story about the Unite Here labor union's plans to boycott The Phoenician in Scotsdale, along with speculation that the union plans to put national attention on Hilton, Marriott and Starwood, parent of the Phoenician, the Westin Kierland, and Sheraton Wild Horse Pass resorts and the soon-to-be W Scottsdale, I thought about Ken Cammarata, business manager, American Society of Head and Neck Radiology.
I talked with Ken not too long ago for an article about meetings that were scheduled to be held in New Orleans in summer 2006 and beyond—a "should we stay or should we go?" type of thing. Ken's organization decided to move its 300-attendee meeting from the Sheraton New Orleans to the Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Phoenix. His meeting's dates aren't until fall, so hopefully if any union actions are taken, it'll all be over by then (and the article does say that only The Phoenician is targeted at this point). But I'd hate to think, after having to move the meeting once already, that it would run into any more potential problems.