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SF hotel workers strike for 57 days & asylum seekers are tear gassed at the US border

Left: Photo by Liem Pham | Right: © Tomas Castelazo / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss hotel workers’ strikes and the arrival of a caravan of asylum seekers at the US border.

Hotel workers have been on strike at Marriott hotels around the country, in some cities for more than 50 days. Marriott has settled with workers in several cities, but San Francisco hotel workers remain on strike. How will one of the longest hotel strikes in decades impact working conditions in hotels?

We’ll also discuss what asylum seekers are encountering at the US -Mexico border. On Sunday, a crowd that included children was tear gassed by US Border Patrol agents. What are they leaving behind in their home countries and what are they facing at the border?



Janal Kaina, hostess at the Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki

Larrilou Carumba, full-time housekeeper at a Marriott hotel in San Francisco

Emily Green, freelance reporter based in Mexico City

Web Resources:

NPR: FACT CHECK: What's Happening On The U.S.-Mexico Border?

VICE News: “The Truth, It’s Even Worse In Honduras.” Migrant Caravan Faces Misery At Mexican Border

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Hotel workers ratify contract to end 51-day strike

SF Examiner: As contract negotiations drag out, Marriott workers struggle to pay bills


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.