“It’s not a fair process,” he said. “Workers get fired and nothing is done. The NLRB gives some protections, but not enough.” Instead, union leaders hope management agrees to hold a tally supervised by “a priest or a judge.” Similar elections have been held at duty-free shops at LAX and at the new Staples Center downtown, as well as at some Las Vegas casinos, Petersen said.
He said the workers will get the union to agree to similar elections “through marching, through organizing. Let’s hope they get their senses soon. We don’t want another Miramar,” Petersen said, referring to the nasty four-year battle with the previous owners of the city’s only unionized hotel. “But we’re ready to go as long as it takes. We’ll be back.”