Advisory: Strike-Ready Workers to Hold Day of Action Celebrating Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe

Following a 96% Yes Vote to Authorize Strikes in 24 Southland Hotels, Hotel Workers Will Take to the Streets with a List of Demands that Includes $25 per hour as Contract Negotiations Intensify

Press Advisory For 12/12/18

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Who: 800 hospitality workers at 3 prominent hotels in LA and OC

What: Public protest and celebration of the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe

When: 5:00am onwards on Wednesday 12/12/18

Where:

  • Westin Bonaventure: Hotel 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

  • Beverly Wilshire Hotel: 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

  • Anaheim Hilton: 777 W Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

  • Sheraton Park Hotel: 1855 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802

Los Angeles, CA—One week after 7,500 hospitality workers at 24 hotels in LA and OC voted overwhelmingly to authorize strikes, workers are set to celebrate the Catholic holiday, Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe with public actions in front of three prominent Southland hotels.

2018 has already seen the largest series of hotel worker strikes in US history, and now as the year comes to a close, hotel workers in LA and OC are poised to strike less than a month after contracts expired. As tensions increase during bargaining sessions, the call to strike can come with less than a day’s notice.

Chief among the concerns of hotel workers is getting wages to $25 per hour to ensure that LA and OC hospitality workers are able to keep pace with the rapidly increasing cost of living in the Southland.

The decision to authorize strikes comes after months at the bargaining table with varying levels of progress reached with employers. Among the worker’s demands are: affordable health insurance, increases to pensions, implementation of panic buttons, increased protections for immigrant workers, and wage increases that get to $25 an hour by the end of the contract.

LA and OC are two of the last locations where UNITE HERE hotel contracts have expired. The vote to strike also comes on the heels of settlements reached in San Francisco and Hawaii where month-long strikes have now come to an end.

The Day of the Virgen of Guadalupe is a Catholic holiday observed in Latin America that celebrates the belief that a man miraculously encountered the Virgin Mary speaking the indigenous Nahuatl language in Mexico City in the year 1531.

UNITE HERE Local 11 is a labor union that represents over 30,000 hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona. Our members work in hotels, restaurants, universities, convention centers and airports.