Federal Appeals Court upholds Providence worker retention ordinance
Some holiday cheer for Providence hotel workers from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
The appeals court has upheld the city’s `Worker Retention Law’ that gives hotel workers a right to keep their jobs for 90 days after a change in ownership of a unionized hotel or if a hotel department is sub-contracted in the capital city.
The ordinance had been challenged by the hospitality industry on the grounds that it violated the rights of employers.
The appeals ruling upheld a March, 2011 ruling from Judge Mary Lisi.
“Hotel workers throughout the city should applaud this decision and the ordinance. It will provide stability to the workers and their families and this important industry which provides so many jobs in our capital city,’’ said Chris Cook, vice-president of Local 217 of the UNITE HERE union, which represents hotel employees.