C2C469CB-25CB-4963-B17A-30024C7CDD29From the Morning Memo:

The Hotel Trades Council on Friday will hold a protest outside of the Hudson Valley district office of Sen. James Skoufis after he wrote on Twitter the union was acting like “unprofessional thugs” over his online rental legislation supported by Airbnb.

At least 50 members from HTC will protest outside the lawmaker’s office wearing pink t-shirts and caps that say, “Is This What A Union Thug Looks Like.”

The union noted 90 percent of its membership is composed of people of color and is 60 percent female.

In a statement, Skoufis’s office said the lawmaker is backer of labor unions, but also pointed to the need for turning to new technologies.

“Senator Skoufis has been a staunch supporter of organized labor and believes we can both embrace innovation and equally protect local community interests,” said Skoufis spokeswoman Jessica Gulotta.

“Unfortunately, HTC is clearly more interested in hurling baseless personal attacks than having a substantive policy conversation. We hope the protestors they’re bussing into the district enjoy their time in the Hudson Valley.”

The dustup between Skoufis and the union stems from a bill meant to allow Airbnb, Home Away and other online home rental sites to operate and be regulated in New York. HTC, a politically key labor union, has vehemently opposed efforts for Airbnb to expand in the state.

The union has also pointed to the $498,273 Airbnb’s political action committee spent in the Hudson Valley district supporting Skoufis’s election last year to a battleground swing district.