As most folks who live here already know, workers in several downtown hotels have been staging protests and strikes since negotiations between their union and hotel management broke down in November of last year.

Their pickets at locations across the city have been met with varying degrees of support, in some cases alienating folks who live near their protests.

Perhaps realizing that, the workers are apparently taking a new tack: BeyondChron brings us their latest action, an impromptu dance number staged in the lobby of Union Square’s Westin St. Francis, to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

We at the Appeal strongly urge other protest groups to follow SF Pride At Work‘s lead — perhaps “Telephone” can be reworked by those arguing against cell towers, and there’s something about “Poker Face” that seems to rhythmically work with “Sit Lie Law,” doesn’t it?

Look, I’m not Weird Al or something, if you have a better idea stick it in the comments.

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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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