The Monterey Bay Bulletin Labor Contracts Update reports:
“We respect the union’s right to free speech, but we draw the line at criminal behavior. Last week, the protestors shoved an employee, harassed guests and frightened an elderly woman suffering from dementia, pinned guests’ car doors shut, blocked our loading area and assaulted an arriving guest, resulting finally in an arrest,” said the CEO of the company that owns La Playa Carmel, as quoted in the (Oct 5, 2012). Earlier in June, he made similar claims to the paper that “someone climbed an exterior staircase and broke through a third-floor door” that “protesters used the sticks from their signs to smash up part of the brickwork on the exterior of the … hotel” and that the new owners “didn’t expect this kind of thuggish activity” (June 15, 2012).
UNITE HERE Local 483 denies all of these allegations about its protests. “Not true. We find no evidence to such allegations,” said a union spokesperson (Oct 5, 2012).