By Wei-Ling Huber
If you’re reading this newspaper, you are probably already aware of Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Measure, that will be on the ballot in the City of Sonoma on Tuesdsay, Nov. 19. The measure has generated quite a bit of controversy in town, with strong opinions on both sides.
I am the president of a local union whose members work in the hospitality industry throughout the North Bay and East Bay. In exchange for their hard work welcoming visitors to our beautiful communities, our members have access to affordable, high-quality family healthcare and earn family-supporting wages that they can spend locally. Right here in Sonoma County, the jobs at the Petaluma Sheraton are some of the best jobs in the area. So I appreciate the benefits that hotels can provide to our community.
The Petaluma Sheraton is unionized today because, early on, the hotel agreed to a written, legally-binding agreement whereby the employees would have the free choice to join the union free from management interference. Kenwood Investments, a local developer, has signed such an agreement, and has even gone a step further with a written commitment to pay workers a living wage.