|March 22, 1999 - Surrounded by cheering supporters, Janice
Loux and Henry Green of the Hotel Workers Union Local 26, who have a combined
total of 46 years experience in the hotel industry, won a resounding victory
last night in the Union’s election for officers. At the 8:00 PM vote
count at the Park Plaza Hotel voting site, Local 26 members clapped and
whistled as Loux’s entire 15-person slate won by more than a 2-to-1 margin.
Loux, 40, was elected to her second term as President-Business Manager,
and Green, 41, was promoted to the position of Financial Secretary-Treasurer.
In her election night speech, Loux said, “This sends a clear message
to the hotel industry in Boston, union and non-union, that we are the same
aggressive, in-your-face union that we’ve always been. We will lead
the fight to establish respect, justice, and dignity for all non-union
hotel workers across the city.”
Loux was first elected President of Local 26 in April 1997, becoming
the first woman president in the 110-year history of the union. Prior
to her presidency she served as Vice President and Benefits Officer of
Local 26. She is currently the Treasurer of the Greater Boston Hotel
Employees Local 26 Trust Funds.
An activist and organizer from an early age, Loux worked in Boston hotels
for over 20 years. She became a Chief Shop Steward for the union
in 1983 and in 1984 she was elected to the Executive Board of Local 26.
In 1987 in her capacity as Benefits Officer, Loux developed the Local
26 Benefits package, which is one of the broadest and most progressive
in the country. Loux led the union’s successful 18-month lobbying
effort to amend the Taft-Hartley federal labor law to allow Local 26 to
bargain for housing benefits. The amendment made labor history when
it was signed into law by President Bush on April 18, 1990.
Local 26 President,
||Boston is in a hotel development boom. Local 26
is commited to bring union rights, protections and benefits to the workers
in these new hotels. Our organizing plan is based on the demand for
fair treatment from the beginning stages of development.
The HERE International Union has pledged to fully support
Local 26, just as they supported the Las Vegas Union, which organized over
20,000 new members.
Local 26 will Never Surrender when it comes to taking
on the giant new hotel corporations. We will keep protecting the
rights of all Local 26 members and bring dignity, justice and respect to
our sisters and brothers at the new hotels.