Los Angeles Wins Major Victory for Hospitality, Airport and Commercial Maintenance Workers


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Contact: Christian Castro
Communications Director, Los Angeles County Labor of Federation
(310) 857-9817 | christian@thelafed.org


(Los Angeles, CA) The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, in collaboration with the Los Angeles City Council, moved forward with the most progressive worker policy to date during the COVID-19 crises.

In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council passed a motion granting workers’ right to recall and retention for hospitality, airport and commercial maintenance workers in the city. The motion instructs the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that will allow tens of thousands of displaced workers in two of the hardest-hit industries to return to their jobs once the economy begins to settle, and the rehiring process begins. Additional retention requirements were passed to prevent mass layoffs of workers, who have spent their entire lives building the American Dream, in the event that their place of business is sold to another owner.

Ron Herrera, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO stated, “The working families of Los Angeles commend the courageous leadership of City Council President Nury Martinez, Bob Blumenfield, and the entire City Council. Your unrelenting resolve will help countless workers and their families sleep better tonight knowing their jobs will be there once the city begins to open. This is a victory for the American people and a testament to the power of the Los Angeles labor movement. We hope to see these protections passed in cities across the nation.”

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is a federation of over 300 affiliates, representing over 800,000 workers in Los Angeles County from every industry, background, and trade.