It has been about two years since Unite Here began an effort to organize the employees at the Hilton Glendale. It's been about a year since a boycott of the hotel was called, and picketing has been staged for particular events taking place at the Hilton.
The issue between Hilton's management and the union, Unite Here, seems to be at an impasse.
There have been some ramifications because of the boycott, some loss of business at the hotel. This is not good for Glendale.
"Unite" (formerly a union of needle trades, textiles and industrial employees) and "Here" (Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union) merged in July 2004, forming Unite Here. They represent 400,000-plus members. The new union's top priority, according to its website, is: "Organizing the unorganized in our industries is the top priority for Unite Here. Over 50% of the new union's national budget will go toward organizing."