Thank you for allowing me to comment. My name is Vanessa Sanders and I live in Philadelphia at 524 East Luray Street. For nine years, I have worked at the Hampton Inn at 13th and Race, which is owned by Hersha Hospitality. Thirteen years ago, my hotel received a TIF subsidy. My hotel also signed a labor peace agreement with my union, Unite Here Local 274. The hotel was built, I was hired, and I now have a good job with benefits.
Everyone in Philadelphia deserves a good job with benefits. I believe that given the opportunity, people in Philadelphia will fight and struggle for a good job with benefits.
I have been on the picket lines. I have marched down Market Street to demand justice. I've chanted. I've marched and sang with Fast for Safe Schools that helped persuade Harrisburg to provide school funding you vote on for today.
We will do everything to make sure that our workers in the hotels are treated fairly. If we have to march and protest, we will do so. But I also understand that we need to bring more visitors to the City. We need to have heads for beds. I want to be a part of our city's success. That's why I urge you to support the labor peace requirement at this hotel. We should be able to work in partnership with the hotel industry. Please make sure we secure our labor peace at the hotels.