Letters to the Editor

Letter: HEI misrepresented

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Monday, April 20, 2009

To the Editor:

Members of the Student Labor Alliance appreciate The Herald’s coverage of our presentation Tuesday to the BUCC. However, we would like to clarify a few facts.

HEI Hospitality is NOT a union, as the article mistakenly states. HEI is a hotel management company which has taken steps to discourage its workers from forming a union and ignored its employees’ request at several of its properties to choose whether or not to join a union in an environment free from fear and intimidation.

It is because of this behavior that we have called on Brown to:

Write a letter to HEI demanding that the company respect workers’ requests for a fair process to decide whether to form a union.

Make a public statement calling upon HEI to respect workers’ request for a neutrality agreement and stating that the university will not fund HEI until they do so.

Encourage its peer institutions to do the same, as most of HEI’s capital comes from prestigious University investments like our own.

Lily Axelrod 09
Andrea Dillon ’11
Lenora Knowles ’11
Jesse Strecker ’10
Dani Martinez ’10
Becky Fish ’09
Members of the Student Labor Alliance

April 16