Local H-56

Bringing Justice and Solidarity to the Twin Cities Hotel Industry

The Zinnia Negotiations

After two NLRB elections, Local H-56 was successful in winning representation rights for employees at The Zinnia in 1980. Two years ago, the current business agent of Local H-56 for The Zinnia was elected to a four-year term. Much of the support for the new business agent came from single mothers whom the business agent won over by her pledge of day care benefits and flexible scheduling.

Collective bargaining between The Zinnia and H-56 has been relatively stable and professional, but we are fearful that Ms. Baldercash may take a more personal role in these negotiations. Ms. Baldercash apparently believes that too much of her profits are being eaten up by an overly-generous wage and benefit package for the rank and file. She may think that she can exploit us because we have many members who are immigrants and members of minority groups, but we will show her otherwise, even if this means picketing her new $3.4 million Gothic lakefront home!

In the previous contract negotiations, we settled for modest wage increases in each of the three years of the contract, but this time will be different! We had 176 employees during the last contract negotiations and now we are down to 167. We know that Zinnia employees are overworked, underpaid, and under-insured!

The leadership is fighting for The Zinnia employees and all others in the local industry! Here are some breakdowns of your unit. You are encouraged to talk with each other about the issues facing us in the negotiations. We are all in this together!

Age Distribution
of the
Zinnia Bargaining Unit
  Departmental Distribution
of the
Zinnia Bargaining Unit
AgeNumber   DepartmentNumber
16-205   Banquet*10
21-2532   Bar14
26-3043   Bellstand12
31-3542   Cooks28
36-4027   Dining Room42
41-458   Housekeeping44
46-502   Pantry and Dish 17 
51-553    167
56-603   * Plus 40 on-call.

Seniority Distribution
of the
Zinnia Bargaining Unit
Years of ServiceNumber

International Union of Service Workers and Allied Employees
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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55555
Phone 800-I-STRIKE
Fax 800-U-STRIKE