Union Officers


 

Abrehet Kahassai:

“I have been a member of Local 25 for 27 years.  I am a Room Service Cashier at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel.  The Union has been important to me because my Union is strong.  It protects me from unsafe conditions and unfair managers.  Nobody can attack me for anything.  My goal as an Executive Board member is to work hard to unite the Union and make it even stronger.  I am very proud of Local 25.”

አብረኸት ካህሳይ
የሎካል 25 አባል ስሆን 27 ዓመት ሆኖኛል። በላንፋንት ፕላዛ ሆቴል ሩም ሰርቪስ ገንዘብ ተቀባይነት (ካሸርነት) በማገልገል ላይ እገኛለሁ። የሠራተኛ ማህበሩ ጠንካራ መሆን ለኔ እጅግ አስፈላጊ ነው። በሥራ ቦታዬ ላይ ደህንነቴን ከመጠበቅ ባሻገር ከግፈኛ አለቆች ይከላከልልኛል። የሠራተኛ ማህበሬ እስካለ ድረስ ማንም ሊያጠቃኝ አይችልም። እንደ ሥራ አስፈጻሚ ቦርድ አባልነቴ ዋናው አላማዬ የሠራተኛ ማህበሬ አንድ በመሆን የበለጠ እንዲጠናከር ማድረግ ነው። የሎካል 25 ዓባል በመሆኔ እጅግ እኮራለሁ!

Lucy Biswas:

“I have been part of Local 25 for more than 39 years.  I work as a Room Attendant at the Washington Hilton Hotel.  When I think about my Union, I think about my family. I think about all things that we have been able to achieve together through the Union.  I don’t have to worry if someone gets sick because I have healthcare under our contract.  As a member of the Executive Board, I want to help the Union grow so that other Room Attendants who work hard like I do can have the same things that I have with my Union.  I tell them, ‘the Union is your future’.”

“Yo he sido parte del Local 25 durante más de 39 años. Trabajo como Room Attendant en el Washington Hilton hotel. Cuando yo pienso en el sindicato, pienso en mi familia. Pienso en todo lo que hemos podido lograr juntos a través del sindicato. No tengo que preocuparme si se enferme alguien porque tengo seguro bajo nuestro contrato. Como miembro de la junta ejecutiva, quiero ayudar a crecer el sindicato para que otros Room Attendant que trabajen tan duro como yo puedan tener las mismas cosas que yo tengo por el sindicato. Les digo, ‘la Unión es su futuro’.”

Annie M. Smith:

“I’m a Housekeeper at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  I’ve been a member of the Union for over 35 years.  The Union has been important to me and my family because of the future.  During those 35 years, my life has always gotten better because of the Union.  I’ve been on the Executive Board for many years.  I want to see our Union grow and get stronger.  Workers like me need the Union.  It’s the best thing for us.”

Carroll Ashton:

“I work at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill.  I’ve been a Bellman there for over 28 years.  When people ask me why I like the Union, I say it’s because of the power we have in the shops.  Nobody can mess with us.  As a Board member, my goal is to see 100% of the workers in Washington hotels in the Union.  I tell them ‘you’re working with no job security without the Union’.”

Serkalem “Serky” Nessibu:

“I love my Union.  It is my life and my family’s life. I am a Guest Services Representative in the Fairfax Hotel.  I have a right to enforce my contract that protects me on the job and provides me with good benefits.  I have been in the Union for over 23 years, and I became really active 9 years ago.  Now I’m on the Executive Board of the Union.  My goal for the Union is to grow so that other hotel workers can have what I have.  I tell the workers I know to help the Union grow so we can all have more power.”

ሠርካለም “ሰርኪ” ነሲቡ
በፌር ፋክስ ሆቴል የእንግዳ ተቀባይ (guest service agent) ነኝ። የሠራተኛ ማህበሩ ዓባል ስሆን ከ23 ዓመታት በላይ ቢሆነኝም ቀጥተኛ ተሳታፊ  ስሆን ግን 9 ዓመቴ ነው። የሠራተኛ ማህበሬን እወዳለሁ። የኔም ሆነ የቤተሰቤ ህይወት ነው። የሥራ ዋስትናዬን የሚያስከብርልኝንና  ጥቅማጥቅም የማገኝበትን የሠራተኛ ማህበሬን ኮንትራት የማስፈፀም መብት አለኝ። በአሁኑ ሰዓት የሠራተኛ ማህበሩ የሥራ አስፈጻሚ ኮሚቴ  አባል ስሆን ዋናው አላማዬም የሠራተኛ ማህበሩን በማሳደግ ሌሎች የሆቴል ሠራተኞች እኔ ያለኝን መብትና ጥቅም እንዲያገኙ ማድረግ ነው። ለማውቃቸው ሰራተኞች በሙሉ የሠራተኛ ማህበሩን ለማሳደግ ሁላችንም መተባበር እንዳለብን አሳስባለሁ።

Gamini Perera:

“I have been working at the Marriott Wardman hotel for more than 20 years with the Union.  The Union has helped my life.  Every year things get better as our wages go up and our benefits take care of us.  I’ve been on the Executive Board for 9 years.  I have seen the Union get stronger.  Now we have to grow the Union so that we have more power.  The Union is good for us.  We need to help other workers get the power we have.”

Lou Doris Hooks:

“I have been a proud Union member for 29 years.  I started out in the Laundry at the Capital Hilton Hotel.  When the Union needed help organizing new workers, I came out of the shop.  I now work as a Business Agent on the Union’s staff.  For me, the Union represents power in the workplace.  It creates good-paying jobs with benefits and gives workers a voice and respect for all.  As an Executive Board member I want to work to see the Union grow so we can build for tomorrow.”

Ji Lin Lu:

I’m a cook at the Marriott Wardman Hotel and I’ve been a Union member for 13 years.  I like the Union because it keeps people together and gets them more power.  I want the Union to grow and to get even stronger than we are now.  I believe that the Union can help people get more power, a better life and a good future.”

“我是万豪-沃德曼花园饭店(Marriott Wardman Hotel)的一名厨师,已加入工会 13 年。我喜欢工会,因为它让大家团结在一起,增强大家的力量。我希望工会不断成长,今后变得比现在更强大。我相信工会能够帮助大家取得更大的力量、更好的生活和光明的未来。”

José Rivera:

“I work as a Line Cook at The W Hotel, and I’ve been a member of Local 25 for 4 years now.  Being a member of Local 25 has been a very good experience for me.  I am a member of the Local 25 Leadership Committee in my hotel and I’ve come out of my shop to help the Union during recent contract negotiation fights.  One of the things I like best about my Union is that it keeps us active in our society.  It also guarantees that the truth is heard and that we get dignity and respect on the job.  My goal is to keep doing everything I can to make the Union stronger and to help it grow.”

“Yo trabajo como Line Cook en el W Hotel y he sido miembro del Local 25 durante los últimos 4 años. Ser miembro del Local 25 ha sido muy buena experiencia para mí. Soy miembro del comité de liderazgo del Local 25 en mi hotel y he salido del hotel para ayudar el sindicato durante las luchas recientes de negociación de contrato. Una de las cosas que más me gusta de la Unión es que nos hace ser muy activos en la sociedad. También garantiza que se escucha la verdad y que se nos dé dignidad y respeto en el trabajo. Mi meta es seguir haciendo todo lo que pueda para hacer el sindicato más fuerte y ayudarlo a crecer.”

   

Isabel Prudencio:

“I have been in the Union for 22 years.  I started out at the Anthony House Hotel, and I moved to the Madison Hotel 20 years ago.  I like everything the Union does.  Through our contract fights we have won great benefits and wages.  When a new company took over our hotel a few years ago and tried to fire people and cut our contract, Local 25 members from all over the city came out to support us and we won our contract back and kept our Union.  I want the Union to grow and stay strong.  I want other hotels worker to have what we have – a strong Union.”

“Yo llevo 22 años en el sindicato. Empecé en el Anthony House Hotel y moví al Madison Hotel hace 20 años. Me gusta todo lo que hace el sindicato. A través de nuestras luchas de contrato, hemos ganado grandes beneficios y salarios. Cuando una nueva compañía se encargó de nuestro hotel hace unos años e intentaron botar a la gente y eliminar nuestro contrato, miembros del Local 25 de toda la ciudad vinieron a apoyarnos y volvimos a ganar nuestro contrato y mantuvimos nuestro sindicato. Quiero que el sindicato crezca y que siga fuerte. Quiero que otros trabajadores hoteleros tengan lo que tenemos nosotros—una Unión fuerte.”

Eusebio Muñoz:

“I have worked at the Capital Hilton for many years and have been a member of Local 25 for 35 years. I have always given my faithful support to the Union. On multiple occasions, I have been called to work as a Local 25 Organizer and Business Agent. Actively working with the Union was a tremendous experience that has served me well as part of the Capital Hilton leadership. I advise all Union members to support their Union. With the Union, the members aren’t at the total mercy of the owners. There is a balance of power. If our rights are violated, there are consequences. My goal is to make all Washington, DC hotels members of our Union.”

“Yo he trabajado en el Capital Hilton por muchos años y llevo 35 años como miembro del Local 25. Siempre le he brindado mi apoyo fiel a la Unión. Me ha tocado en varias ocasiones trabajar como organizador y agente de negocios del Local 25. Ha sido una tremenda experiencia que he obtenido al trabajar activamente con la Unión que me ha servido dentro del liderazgo del Capital Hilton.  Les recomiendo a todos los miembros de la Unión que la apoyen porque con la Unión los miembros no estamos 100% a merced del patrón. Hay un balance en el poder. Si nuestros derechos son violados hay consecuencias. Mi meta es que todos los hoteles de Washington DC sean miembros de nuestra Unión.”

Linda Martin:

“I have been a union member for over 26 years. My career started as a line cook for GSI, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum where I eventually worked my way up to become a kitchen team lead. During our contract fight in 1992, I became a shop steward and worked on the negotiation committee and won a great contract. As a shop steward, I stayed active by attending trainings, rallies and picket lines to ensure my voice, as well as my co-workers’, was heard. My position afforded me the ability to continue to build power both in and out of my shop. In 1999, I began working as a Business Agent doing what I love to do on a broader spectrum; representing workers around the city within the union shops. I eventually moved up to be an Assistant Director of Hotel Services with the task of building the leadership committee, educating members on upcoming contract fights and assisting in organizing and winning the contract at Gaylord National. In 2009 I became President of Local 25 where I continue to build the power of our Union.” My goal for the union: to continue to educate, organize, and empower our membership as well as non members to have a voice in the work place.

Stephanie Steer:

I joined Local 25 ten years ago during the transformative 2004 contract fight. I always dreamed of having a job that allowed me to fight for people to have better lives. Working for the Union fulfills that dream. I started off as an organizer and business agent. I currently serve as the Union’s General Counsel and as one of the Directors of Local 25. As counsel for the Union, I represent all of the Union’s Mediations. This has allowed me to win hundreds of thousands in back pay for our members and to win back countless jobs for workers who were terminated without just cause. As a director, I serve as one of the lead negotiators for the Union on issues in the downtown hotels and serve as head of the Northern Virginia District. I love fighting for workers and making people’s day to day lives better. My Goal for the Union:  To improve the lives of all working in people the DC Metro Area by creating good jobs, with stability, safe work environments, middle class wages, affordable healthcare and dignity and respect.

John Boardman:

“I have been with the Union for over 34 years in one capacity or another.  I started out as an Organizer and ran several successful strikes to get places in the Union and get new contracts.  After that, I became a Business Agent where I directly represented at one time or another almost every shop that Local 25 has.  I started working on contract negotiations in 1978 and have been the chief negotiator of all Local 25 contracts since 1996.  That was the same year I became Executive Secretary-Treasurer, the Union’s chief officer.  My goals for the Union are simple: increase our power by growing the Union and keeping our members involved.  I want all hotel workers to have what Local 25 members have: a good job and respect.”