MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A strike by housekeeping and food and beverage workers spread to a sixth major Twin Cities hotel Sunday after marathon negotiations yielded no progress.
About 90 employees of the Minneapolis Regal walked off their jobs Sunday morning, bringing the number of workers on strike to more than 1,100.
Hotels hit by the strike so far include the Marquette, Hilton, Crowne Plaza Northstar and Regal hotels in downtown Minneapolis and the Radisson South and Thunderbird in Bloomington.
Three others -- the Best Western Normandy in Minneapolis, and the Holiday Inn Airport II and the Sheraton Airport in Bloomington -- could also face a walkout.
All nine are on the same schedule of negotiations with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union. The action could ultimately affect 1,500 workers and about 10 percent of all Twin Cities-area hotel rooms.
''The battle cry is six down, and three to go,'' said Jaye Rykunyk, secretary-treasurer and principal negotiator for the union.
Both Rykunyk and the chief hotel negotiator, Michael Colloton, said no progress was made in negotiations that went late into the night Saturday.
''We spent 13 hours, from 9 in the morning until almost 10 at night, and we just didn't make any progress,'' Rykunyk said.
Wages and health benefits remain among the major unsettled issues. Colloton said the union is to blame for the lack of progress because its leaders are refusing to put management's offers to a vote.
''The truth of the matter is that they aren't as far apart as one might think,'' said Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, who arranged the weekend's talks.
The union planned to file a complaint Monday with the National Labor Relations Board because the management of the Radisson South told employees on probation that they will be fired if they don't cross the picket lines, Rykunyk said.
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