Workers at BEI Hotel say they got food poisoning after hotel outsourced employee meals

Workers at the Chinese state-owned BEI Hotel San Francisco say they suffered diarrhea, stomach pain, and other symptoms of food poisoning after the hotel unilaterally laid off its cooks and outsourced cafeteria meals. The BEI is a 400-room hotel owned by the Beijing Tourism Group, a Chinese state-owned enterprise managed by a subsidiary of the government of Beijing.

  • Workers have found undercooked meat in the meals served to workers in the employee cafeteria:

  • Employee meals at the BEI Hotel sometimes sat out for hours without proper temperature control:

  • Workers have found the handles of serving utensils submerged or in contact with food:

Workers launched a five-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike to protest the hotel’s unilateral outsourcing of food and beverage operations from November 13, 2023 – November 17, 2023. Picket lines ran daily from 6am to 10pm.

BEI Hotel workers say they attempted to address the outsourcing of cafeteria food through meetings, petitions, and mediation before deciding on a strike. UNITE HERE Local 2 has filed unfair labor practices charges with the National Labor Relations Board protesting the BEI Hotel’s unilateral elimination of union jobs.