What brought me to New York, incidentally, is the Sidney Hillman Awards, which are given to journalists by UNITE/HERE annually. I was staying at my dad's place, but the bulk of the out-of-town honorees plus the post-awards dinner were held at the W Hotel Union Square.

A number of people noted the incongruity between the union theme and the luxury hotel. The reality, however, is that UNITE/HERE is obviously going to have people stay in a unionized hotel. And if you have a unionized hotel, the most reasonable strategy is to have a business model that minimizes labor costs as a share of total costs by, e.g., having super-fancy facilities and high prices.