SOLIDARITY WITH HOSPITALITY WORKERS

05/09/2019

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Contact: Josh Kamensky – 323 326 7438 – josh@joshkamensky.com

SOLIDARITY WITH HOSPITALITY WORKERS

With One Voice, 800,000 Workers of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Back Potential Strike at Hotels 

COALITION OF OVER 300 UNIONS VOTE TO SUPPORT LOCAL 11 UNITE HERE

Los Angeles County labor leaders representing 300 different trade unions gathered to vote unanimous support for a potential strike by the 7,500 affected members of UNITE HERE Local 11 today, as those workers neared their second week working without contracts in two dozen Los Angeles and Orange County hotels.

The vote takes place in the wake of a record-breaking 20 hotel strikes in 10 cities across the United States in 2018, including those settled in recent weeks in San Francisco and Hawaii.

“Los Angeles promises the world a tourist destination like no other, and it’s time to make that promise includes building shared prosperity,” said Rusty Hicks, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “The Los Angeles labor movement is speaking in one united voice when we say that we’re not going back to a time when hospitality corporations could keep their workforce in poverty and fear. We’re here to make sure our sisters and brothers are safe on the job and earn the wages and respect they deserve.”

“We are proud to say our brothers and sisters from 300 different trade unions across Los Angeles voted to sanction strikes at nearly a dozen hotels where workers are asking for $25 an hour-enough money to make ends meet in L.A.,” said Kurt Petersen, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11. “This vote represents solidarity in the fight against poverty in this city. We are ready to strike if necessary.”

Local 11 UNITE HERE represents 30,000 hospitality workers in Southern California to Arizona, in hotels, restaurants, universities, convention centers and airports. The contract at stake covers 24 hotels in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The union has negotiated for months over a list of demands including the following:

  • $25 an hour as a base rate for non tipped workers by the end of the contracts.
  • Pension Increases that ensure workers $1,000 a month after they retire.
  • Panic Buttons to help hospitality workers protect themselves from sexual assault and other types of threatening behavior.
  • Affordable Health Insurance that covers workers whose work fluctuates or is dependent on hotel events like banquets.

 

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