The New York State United Teachers union said it will shift plans for its 2009 convention to Buffalo from Rochester in support of hotel workers in a contentious campaign to organize a downtown Rochester hotel.
The three-day union convention in April, 2009 is expected to draw 2,500 visitors and generate 4,500 room-nights, the union said. The entire economic impact is projected at $5 million.
NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi said the decision was in support of an organizing drive by the hotel workers union UNITE HERE at the Rochester Crowne Plaza.
Advance planning for the event requires the city to be chosen now, the union said in a statement.
The 585,000-member teachers union said it has booked the Buffalo Convention Center for April 1-4, 2009.