A union representing hotel workers is planning to hold a series of forums about development in Baltimore, focusing on the relationships among city subsidies, development and jobs.
Unite Here, a hotel and restaurant workers union with 5,000 members in Maryland - about 2,200 of them in Baltimore - will hold the first discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 7-9 Mulberry St.
Roxie Herbekian, associate director of the Mid-Atlantic Region of Unite Here, said the focus of the talks would be, in part, to make sure communities affected by major developments in the city have a chance to weigh in on the process.
"If we wait until the shovels are in the ground, that's usually too late for the community to have a real impact," Herbekian said. "That's why we're starting now."
The sessions will take place days after the City Council introduced a proposal that would grant $90 million in incentives to Westport developer Patrick Turner, of Baltimore-based Turner Development.
Several city officials are expected to attend the session.