So you or someone you know is traveling to Los Angeles or maybe you’re indulging in a little staycation over the holidays. So many hotel choices! What kinds of amenities are you looking for? Free parking…continental breakfast…heated pool…picket lines?!
Wait, run that last part by me again. Did you just say picket lines?
Indeed, we did. On December 6, workers from UNITE HERE Local 11 who staff many of the hotels in Los Angeles and Orange County voted overwhelmingly to authorize strikes at more than 24 properties throughout the city. The Local has been in negotiations on a new contract and are in discussion over issues related to fair pay, a livable wage, affordable healthcare and protection against sexual harassment…you know, the kinds of things workers have come to expect from a union contract.
Negotiations appear to be moving in a productive direction with Local 11 having reached a tentative agreement with nine of the hotels as of Thursday. They are the JW Marriott LA Live, Courtyard Marriott LA Live, Sheraton Grand, W Hollywood, W Westwood and SLS Beverly Hills, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Beverly Hilton and Sheraton Universal City. Assuming the ratification vote proceeds without a hitch today, those nine hotels – which employ approximately 3,000 members – will be back on the “good” list.
The entertainment industry should be heaving an especially hearty sigh of relief that the Beverly Hilton is among those due for a speedy settlement since the Regent is the longtime home of the Golden Globe Awards (scheduled for January 6) and the ICG Local 600 Publicists Awards (scheduled for February 22).
UNITE HERE and hotel ownership still have work to do to get the remaining 15 properties back in line. In the meantime, it’s always a smart practice to check the Fair Hotels website any time you are planning a visit. Just plug in your city, and the website will give you a list of sites in good standing with their members and a list of properties that are the subjects of boycotts or labor disputes.
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