Union Launches Boycott Against Trump Properties

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By Tyrone Richardson

Sept. 28 — UNITE HERE launched a national boycott of properties owned by Donald Trump, the protest stemming from failed labor contract talks at the Republican presidential nominee’s Las Vegas hotel.

The 264,000-member labor union is urging people not to eat, sleep or play at any Trump hotels or golf courses. The boycott campaign is intended to jump-start initial contract talks for some 525 workers at the Trump Hotel Las Vegas. The workers are represented by UNITE HERE affiliates Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165.

The unions Sept. 27 said the Trump hotel’s management has failed to start contract talks. A National Labor Relations Board panel July 28 denied the owners’ request to overturn the certification of an election in which workers voted to be represented by the UNITE HERE affiliates.

“Enough is enough,” UNITE HERE President D. Taylor said in a written statement Sept. 27. “While Donald Trump waged an indefensible anti-worker and anti-immigrant presidential campaign, the workers at his Las Vegas hotel fought for dignity and respect in their workplace. They voted to unionize, they won, and now the law says Trump must negotiate.”

Boycott Targets Dozens of Properties

Opened in 2008, the Las Vegas hotel is a non-casino operation co-owned by Trump and businessman Phillip Ruffin. The partnership does business as Trump Ruffin Commercial LLC.

Trump’s company, The Trump Organization LLC, has 18 golf courses and 15 hotels around the world. That includes 12 courses and eight hotels in the U.S., according to its website.

Bloomberg BNA was unsuccessful in reaching officials at the Trump Organization or through his presidential campaign for comment Sept. 28.

The union’s boycott campaign is the latest attempt to kick-start contract talks for workers at the Las Vegas hotel. Union officials have orchestrated a series of protests outside the Trump Hotel in recent months.

The union has also accused hotel management of leading an anti-union campaign, aided by labor consultants. In 2015, Trump Ruffin Commercial paid $560,631 to Upland, Calif.-based labor consultant firm, Cruz and Associates, according to the year’s LM-10 employer disclosure filed with the Labor Department in April.

The payments were for “consultant services and employee educational meetings,” according to the filing.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tyrone Richardson in Washington at trichardson@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Susan J. McGolrick at smcgolrick@bna.com

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Text of the LM-10 filed with Labor Department is available at http://src.bna.com/iYJ.

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