By  on May 4, 2009

WASHINGTON — John Wilhelm, president of UNITE HERE’s hospitality division, rejected an offer Friday by representatives of a breakaway union to enter into a settlement or begin arbitration, following the collapse of a second round of formal mediation talks between the rivals.

It is the latest move in an internal power struggle between Wilhelm and Bruce Raynor, general president of UNITE HERE, that led to the breakup of UNITE HERE into two entities, including the formation of a new union, Workers United, which later affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. (UNITE HERE was founded in 2004 in a merger of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial & Textile Employees and the Hospitality Employees & Restaurant Employees International union.)

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