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WALL STREET JOURNAL --Hotel Union Sets Up Test for de Blasio
April 2, 2014
Move Could Pit Mayor's Pledge to Promote Growth Against Ties With Labor
The hotel workers' union has embarked on a push for stricter public review of new hotel development that could help it gain more members, setting up an early test of Mayor Bill de Blasio's loyalties to labor.
The Hotel Trades Council has reached out to most community boards—as well as the Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn borough presidents—to press them to support efforts to require new city hotels to get special permits before they are built, meaning most would go through a public review process by the City Council and City Planning Commission. Ultimately, the union has told them it is pushing for a citywide permit for hotel development.