When: Saturday, October 13 at 10:00 am
Where: The Westin Copley Place (10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116)
Who: The Massachusetts chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Boston City Councilor at-large Michelle Wu, community leaders and allies will join UNITE HERE hotel workers, who are on strike.
Boston, MA -- On Saturday, the Chinese American Alliance (CAA) will hold its national conference at Boston’s Westin Copley Place hotel, where local hotel workers have been on strike for the past two weeks. The conference is poised as a kick-off to the contentious college admissions lawsuit against Harvard and will feature speakers who claim admission policies discriminate against Asian Americans. A publicized list of speakers for the CAA conference include Elaine Chao (U.S. Secretary of Transportation and former U.S. Secretary of Labor), Dean Tran (Massachusetts State Senator), Edward Blum (founder and attorney of Students for Fair Admissions).
In order to participate in the conference, the former Secretary of Labor and attendees have chosen to cross hotel workers’ picket line, despite local Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community leaders’ repeated requests that attendees and CAA support local workers by moving to hotels that respect workers’ rights. In response to the conference, AAPI Bostonians plan to join the ongoing picket line, as an example of what real community-based leadership looks like.
Boston’s hotel workers -- housekeepers, bartenders, and other service workers -- are on strike to demand economic justice and a fair contract for working people in our city. Nearly 8,000 UNITE HERE hotel works have been on strike in Boston and across the nation for the past two weeks. Many of the workers’ on strike are Asian-Pacific American or Asian-Pacific Islanders who have been forced to work multiple jobs in order to support their families and communities in the Boston area. They have organized with a diverse group of coworkers, under the rallying call, “ONE JOB SHOULD BE ENOUGH” to pay the bills, take care of our families and retire with dignity.