All photos by Steve Rhodes.

ATU wasn’t the only union expressing agitation last week — Local 2, the union for many of the city’s hotel workers, marched on Union Square Friday afternoon.

At stake? Friday the union’s contract expired, and organizers fear that “hotel corporations this year will try to use the crisis of 2009 to force us into concessions.” According to the Labor Video Project, over 9000 SF hotel workers are now on the job without a contract.

Preemptive strike for a fair contract, or the first sortie in a lengthy battle? Of course, it’s too soon to tell, but from Steve Rhodes’ photos, the union looks ready to buckle down and fight.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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