Protest at D.C. hotel leaves two employees injured

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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 employees.

The incident took place at about 7 p.m., the hotel said; pro-union protesters have a permit to picket the property, the hotel added.

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 be back.

According to the hotel, there have been no cancellations from guests.

To contact reporter Michael Milligan, send e-mail to [email protected].

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