Report: 1 in 4 airline caterers say food carts vulnerable
By Bart Jansen, USA TODAY Posted on September 9, 2014
Nearly one in four airline catering workers — 24% — say unauthorized people could get into their kitchens and trucks, and the same percentage warned that someone could place contraband on a food cart, according to a survey obtained by USA TODAY.
UNITE HERE Local 11 endorses Kevin McKeown, Frank Gruber for City Council
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September 5, 2014, Santa Monica--- The hotel workers of UNITE HERE Local 11 have endorsed Kevin McKeown and Frank Gruber as their 2014 City Council candidates. “We chose Frank and Kevin because they both have a strong history of standing alongside us,” said Derek Smith, Political Director of UNITE HERE Local 11, “their longtime support of living wages, affordable housing, and job creation is a commitment to the idea that Santa Monica is a diverse, inclusive community where people can join the middle class and raise families.”
LA PROGRESSIVE - Supporting a 15/Hour Minimum Wage for LA's Hospitality Industry
The hotel industry is booming but hotel jobs like housekeeper, cook, bellman, server, bartender, front desk agent, dishwasher, and others often pay at the poverty level further exacerbating poverty in metropolitan areas of high tourism and business travel. According to the US Census Bureau, 20.2 percent of Los Angeles’s total population lives below the federal poverty level.
The real story behind the Brunei boycott
By Seren Fang & Michael Okwu, Aljazeera America
Posted on May 13, 2014
It seemed to begin last month, when Ellen DeGeneres vowed to boycott the Beverly Hills Hotel, one of several luxury hotels owned by the sultan of Brunei, in response to the tiny but oil-rich country's implementation of a penal code that would make adultery and gay sex punishable by death.
Sultan’s new Sharia laws prompt Jewish groups to shun Beverly Hills Hotel
By Jared Sichel, The Jewish Journal Posted on May 8, 2014
Some of Southern California’s largest Jewish organizations plan to stay away from the Beverly Hills Hotel, suspending future events at the landmark venue owned by the state-run Brunei Investment Agency. Their boycott was spurred by recent Sharia additions to the tiny Muslim country’s penal code, including the threat of execution of homosexuals, adulterers and anyone who insults the Quran or Mohammad.
Gay Rights Crusade Against Stoning in Brunei Began with a Los Angeles Labor Dispute
By Lester Feder and Jacob Fischler, Buzzfeed Posted on May 7, 2014
For more than a year before the Beverly Hills Hotel became the target of a boycott, a Los Angeles labor union had been trying to draw attention to the fact that it is owned by the sultan of Brunei, a tiny Southeast Asian nation with laws criminalizing homosexuality. Almost no one cared.
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