Thursday, July 05, 2007

Deadlock over Gaylord resort spurs rally by officials

By Tanya Mannes

Faced with the threat of losing a bayfront development to a labor dispute, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox and other public officials held a rally yesterday to demand that union leaders resume bargaining with Gaylord Entertainment.

“Labor leaders, it's up to you now,” Cox said, surrounded by 150 supporters in a vacant lot near the Gaylord site. “Get on the next plane to Nashville and make a deal now to let this resort go through.”

Negotiations between local unions and Gaylord broke down Friday.

The Tennessee-based company has city and Port of San Diego support to construct the $1 billion hotel and convention center on a long-vacant stretch of bayfront land, but no agreement with the local union leaders to build it. Without an agreement, Gaylord officials have pledged to walk away from the development.

Read more on this development in the Union Tribune in San Diego.

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