Fearing that labor and progressive groups will soon shift much of their focus from health care reform to a bill that would expand union organizing rights, retailers across the country are stepping up their anti-union campaigns.
As dusk fell over the city, more than 140 hotel workers and their supporters wearing placards, "Boycott Hilton!" sat in the entry plaza to the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.
A coalition of congressional progressives, the labor movement, and health reform advocates wants to see the final bill include taxes on the wealthy instead of health insurance plans.
A bunch of right-wing Republicans led by Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina are trying to blame the labor movement for airport security weaknesses.
Arnold Schwarzenegger exceeded his authority last year when he ordered them to take three unpaid furlough days each month to help cover a soaring deficit in the state's general fund.
Members of Unite HERE Local 450 at the Wyndham Suites Hotel here filed discrimination and union busting charges against the hotel after 90 workers were fired Dec. 4.