WASHINGTON -- The non-union Washington Plaza Hotel at Thomas Circle
here reported that about 50 pro-union protesters picketing in front
of the property entered the hotel Wednesday and assaulted two
The incident took place at about 7 p.m., the hotel said;
pro-union protesters have a permit to picket the property, the
The union dispute involves the Washington Plaza Hotel's sister
property, the State Plaza Hotel, which is located about 10 blocks
away. The National Labor Relations Board is hearing the union
status of that hotel.
"Hotel guests and our employees were frightened by the
protesters assault and the unnecessary aggressive actions in our
lobby," said Crawford Sherman, Washington Plaza's general manager,
who also is vice president of Classic Hospitality, which manages
other properties in the city. "This was a vicious act."
The hotel said pro-union members left a note warning they would
According to the hotel, there have been no cancellations from
To contact reporter Michael Milligan, send e-mail to [email protected].