Providence Omni Hotel workers to picket over contract dispute
Workers at the Omni Hotel in downtown Providence are saying enough is enough, spending their Labor Day picketing outside as tensions rise over a new contract dispute.
Members of Local 26 said their current contract ended in January, and they’re demanding management strike a deal that will provide better wages and health care.
"We need a fair contract. this company makes a lot of money and we’re the engine that makes that building run and we should benefit from it as well," said Chris Cook, a hotel worker who sits on the executive board of the union.
Cook said a lot of the workers at the hotel are forced to pick up second jobs to support their family.
"Look, one job should be enough. There’s a lot of people here that have multiple jobs just to make ends meet and it’s not right," Cook said. "All the tools that we have in our shed as a union we have on the table."
Another worker is housekeeper Carmen Castillo, who also represents Ward 9 on the City Council. She said there’s a reason why the union chose to picket on Labor Day.
"Labor Day is our day and we are fighting this hotel right now. We fight for justice," Castillo said. "We do the job. We made this place. I see how the workers can be screwed all the time. We fight for respect."
ABC 6 reached out to hotel management for comment, but our calls were not immediately returned.