Labor negotiations and meetings

Facing labor strikes and the potential for more in the near future if the unions get the two-year contract they're asking for, San Francisco's hospitality community is worried about future effects. The union says a two-year contract will put San Francisco workers on the same schedule as members in other major cities, making it easier to negotiate on a national level with the chains that employ their bartenders and bellmen. The other side of the story:

    Steven Hacker, spokesman for the International Association for Exhibition Management, said if Local 2 UNITE HERE prevails in winning a two-year contract, meeting planners could avoid The City in 2006, scared away by the prospect of another strike. Hacker said meeting planners couldn't afford to take any chances.

    "If they sustain one bad year because an event was disrupted and people didn't attend, it could be catastrophic," he said.

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