HOTELS WITH TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENTS

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  • 1 HOTEL WEST HOLLYWOOD
  • THE BEVERLY HILTON | Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • COURTYARD MARRIOTT/RESIDENCE INN LA LIVE | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • E CENTRAL HOTEL | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • FAIRMONT CENTURY PLAZA | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • FAIRMONT MIRAMAR | Santa Monica, Calif.
  • FOUR SEASONS REGENCY BEVERLY WILSHIRE | Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • HILTON ANAHEIM | Anaheim, Calif.
  • HILTON COSTA MESA | Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • HILTON IRVINE | Irvine, Calif.
  • HOTEL INDIGO LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN
  • HYATT ANDAZ WEST HOLLYWOOD
  • HYATT CENTRIC LONG BEACH
  • HYATT REGENCY LONG BEACH
  • INTERCONTINENTAL LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN
  • JW MARRIOTT LA LIVE | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • LAGUNA CLIFFS MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA | Dana Point, Calif.
  • LE MERIGOT | Santa Monica, Calif.
  • THE LINE | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • LOEWS HOLLYWOOD | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • MARRIOTT IRVINE | Irvine, Calif.
  • MILLENNIUM BILTMORE | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • THE RITZ-CARLTON | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • THE SHAY-DESTINATION BY HYATT | Culver City, Calif.
  • SHERATON GATEWAY LAX | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • SHERATON GRAND LOS ANGELES | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • SHERATON UNIVERSAL HOTEL | Universal City, Calif.
  • SLS HOTEL BEVERLY HILLS | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • SOFITEL LOS ANGELES AT BEVERLY HILLS
  • W LOS ANGELES WEST BEVERLY HILLS | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • WALDORF ASTORIA | Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • WESTIN BONAVENTURE | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • WESTIN LAX LOS ANGELES AIRPORT | Los Angeles, Calif.

HOTELS WITH LABOR DISPUTES

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  • ALOFT EL SEGUNDO
  • ALSACE HOTEL
  • BALBOA BAY CLUB
  • COURTYARD MARRIOTT SANTA MONICA
  • DOUBLETREE HOTEL DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
  • DOUBLETREE HOTEL SAN PEDRO
  • EMBASSY SUITES IRVINE
  • FAIRFIELD INN AND SUITES EL SEGUNDO
  • FOUR POINTS SHERATON LAX
  • GLENDALE HILTON
  • HAMPTON INN & SUITES SANTA MONICA
  • HILTON GARDEN INN LAX/EL SEGUNDO
  • HILTON PASADENA
  • HOLIDAY INN LAX
  • HOTEL FIGUEROA
  • HOTEL MAYA
  • HYATT PLACE PASADENA
  • HYATT REGENCY LAX
  • JUNE HOTEL
  • LE MERIDIEN DELFINA SANTA MONICA
  • PROPER HOTEL LOS ANGELES
  • PROPER HOTEL SANTA MONICA
  • SHERATON PARK ANAHEIM
  • THE LA GRAND HOTEL DOWNTOWN
  • VICEROY SANTA MONICA
  • W HOLLYWOOD & SKY TERRACE RESTAURANT
  • WESTDRIFT MANHATTAN BEACH

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THE 2023 CONTRACT FIGHT

Since the pandemic, the region’s largest economic engine, the tourism industry, is celebrating record profits while hospitality workers are overworked, fighting to stay housed and alive. In 2023, workers have the opportunity to reclaim the right to live and work in their community.

UNITE HERE Local 11 has lined up over 100 contracts to expire this year, with the goal to lift the low standards of service workers, as the city of Los Angeles prepares for the World Cup (2026) and the Olympics (2028). We are ready to welcome millions to the region, and we intend to seize the moment to ensure our place in the economic boom headed our way.

JENNIFER FLORES

Jennifer is a front desk supervisor at the InterContinental Los Angeles. Her mother has been a hotel housekeeper for over fifteen years. Jennifer she grew up going to union protests and marches. Now it’s her turn to take a stand!

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

Nearly 200 people, including workers, union leaders, elected politicians, and community allies, engaged in an act of mass nonviolent civil disobedience, following an overwhelming strike authorization vote June on 8. Hundreds more room attendants, cooks, dishwashers, and community allies took to the streets to call for the wages required to afford housing in Los Angeles.

EYEWITNESS NEWS ABC 7

In Act of Nonviolent Protest Nearly 200 Hotel Workers Risk Arrest on Century Boulevard Following 96% Strike Authorization Vote

Los Angeles, CA:  Nearly 200 workers and community allies engaged in an act of mass nonviolent civil disobedience today, following an overwhelming strike authorization vote June on 8. Hundreds more room attendants, cooks, dishwashers, and community allies took to the streets to call for the wages required to afford housing in Los Angeles.

In a UNITE HERE Local 11 survey, 53% of workers said that they either have moved in the past 5 years or will move in the near future because of soaring housing costs. Hotel workers report commuting hours from areas like Apple Valley, Palmdale, California City and Victorville.

“I risked arrest for the future of my kids, my coworkers and myself. The companies have taken advantage of the pandemic to get richer, while we struggle to stay housed. I am fighting for that change, and ready to strike!” said Martha Esquivel, Holiday Inn LAX, laundry attendant.

The union is seeking to create a hospitality workforce housing fund, in addition to better wages, healthcare benefits, pension and safer workloads. Contracts expire June 30, and employers like Hyatt, IHG, Hilton and Marriott have failed to agree to anything close to the wages workers say they need to live with dignity in the cities where they work. The union could call for a strike at dozens of hotels with more than 15,000 workers as early as July 4th weekend.  This would be the largest hotel worker strike in modern US industry.

During the pandemic, hotels received $15 billion in federal bailouts and cut jobs and guest services such as daily room cleaning. In 2023, hotel profits in Los Angeles and Orange County exceeded pre-pandemic levels, yet hospitality workers continue to struggle to afford a place to live in the cities where they work.

Southern California will be the first city in modern history to host back-to-back the FIFA World Cup in 2026 and the Olympics in 2028.  In recent decades, these mega sports events have left local governments indebted for years and have permanently displaced millions of poor residents.  UNITE HERE Local 11 is calling on the industry and political leadership to use the events to transform tourism jobs into family sustaining jobs and solve the housing crisis.

“In a show of strength and solidarity hundreds of workers were arrested for the right to live near where they work. Corporations have offered pennies, so today we risked arrest, and we are ready to go on strike to get the wage they deserve,” said Kurt Petersen, co-president UNITE HERE Local 11.

The last time hundreds of hotel workers risked arrest en masse on Century Blvd to demand better was in 2006.

More Perfect Union – Brenda Mendoza Profile


96% VOTED TO AUTHORIZE A STRIKE

The strike authorization vote comes after more than a month of failed negotiations with our hotel employers. Our key demands are an immediate $5 an hour wage increase to keep pace with the soaring cost of housing; affordable family healthcare; a pension that will enable workers to retire with security; and safe and humane workloads.

SoCal Hotel Workers Authorize Largest Industry Wide Strike in U.S History, 96% YES

Los Angeles, CA: The region’s largest hospitality union, UNITE HERE Local 11, representing over 32,000 room attendants, cooks, dishwashers, front desk agents, servers and food service workers, voted to authorize a strike today.

UNITE HERE Local 11 could call for a strike at dozens of hotels with more than 15,000 workers as early as July 4th weekend.  This would be the largest hotel worker strike in modern US industry.

During the pandemic, hotels received $15 billion in federal bailouts and cut jobs and guest services such as daily room cleaning.  In 2023, Hotel profits in Los Angeles and Orange County exceeded pre-pandemic levels, yet hospitality workers continue to struggle to afford a place to live in the cities where they work.

Top on the list of concerns for hotel workers is the rising cost of housing.  In a UNITE HERE Local 11 survey, 53% of workers said that they either have moved in the past 5 years or will move in the near future because of soaring housing costs.

The strike authorization vote comes after more than a month of failed negotiations with hotel employers–including Hyatt, Hilton, Highgate, Accor, IHG, and Marriott. The union’s key demands are an immediate $5 an hour wage increase to keep pace with the soaring cost of housing; affordable family healthcare; a pension that will enable workers to retire with security, and a safe and humane workload. Negotiations began on April 20 but the hotel industry has yet to respond with any wage proposals.

“I voted yes to strike because I commute two hours from my home in Apple Valley to downtown Los Angeles. I deserve to make enough money to live near where I work.” said Brenda Mendoza, a uniform attendant at the JW Marriott LA Live.

“I am ready to strike for our affordable health insurance, because my chronic illness will not wait.” said Lupe Pitones, Front Office PBX, Westin Bonaventure Hotel.

“Hotel workers who work in the booming Los Angeles’ tourism industry must be able to live in Los Angeles,”  said Kurt Petersen, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11.  “The industry shamelessly exploited the pandemic and is now reaping greater profits than ever before. Yet workers cannot afford to pay the rent.  This 96% vote to authorize a strike sends a clear message to the industry that workers have reached their limit and are prepared to strike to secure a living wage.”

Southern California will be the first city in modern history to host back-to-back the FIFA World Cup in 2026 and the Olympics in 2028.  In recent decades, these mega sports events have left local governments indebted for years and have permanently displaced millions of poor residents.  UNITE HERE Local 11 is calling on the industry and political leadership to use the events to transform tourism jobs into family sustaining jobs and solve the housing crisis.

VOTE YES FOR THE STRIKE

On June 8, 2023 thousands of Local 11 members will vote to authorize a strike for better wages, affordable housing, a better pension, healthcare, and fair workloads. Sí se puede!

L.A.’s Summer of Solidarity

Thousands of Workers, Including UNITE HERE Local 11 Members, Rally to Demand Livable Wages Amid Housing Crisis

Los Angeles: Room attendants, cooks, dishwashers, food service workers, event center, and front desk agents continued the call for livable wages and better benefits this evening as they prepare to begin their fight for a fair new contract this summer. Nearly 200,000 workers are represented by the unions who rallied in Downtown Los Angeles to amplify the shared need for wages that allow workers to live in the communities they work.

Since the pandemic, the region’s largest economic engine—the tourism industry—has celebrated record profits while hospitality workers are overworked, fighting to stay housed and alive.

“I was priced out of my community in Los Angeles,” said Brenda Mendoza, a UNITE HERE Local 11 uniform attendant at the JW Marriott. “Now, I get a few hours of sleep every night and spend 4 hours a day driving on dangerous roads between my home in Apple Valley and my hotel job in Downtown LA.”

UNITE HERE Local 11 has lined up over 100 contracts to expire this year, with the goal to lift the low standards of hospitality workers amid a major housing crisis. The typical housekeeper wage in LA is $18.86 per hour—not enough to live in LA whether single or supporting a family. On top of that, the city is preparing to welcome millions of guests for the World Cup (2026) and the Olympics (2028). Local 11 intends to ensure that the residents of Los Angeles who put their sweat and tears into maintaining the city’s tourism industry are provided with wages that allow them to secure housing.

“When half of our members have been forced to move or will have to move while the tourism industry boasts record profits, something is very wrong with the system,” said Kurt Petersen, co-president of UNITE HERE Local 11. “We are prepared to do whatever it takes to get workers wages that can secure local housing.”

At Universal Studios Hollywood, UNITE HERE Local 11 has joined in solidarity with IATSE B-192 to negotiate fair contracts for the 5,000 workers represented by both unions at the theme park.

“Two thirds of Local 11 and IATSE B-192 members at Universal Studios Hollywood earn around minimum wage while NBCUniversal boasts record profits,” said Susan Minato, co-president of UNITE HERE Local 11. “As a result, many workers have experienced homelessness.”

“My wages are so low that I had to choose between buying a car and housing,” said Universal Studios Hollywood worker Chris Lillian, who has worked as a food stand attendant for 4 years. “Without my friend who generously rents out his spare room to me, I would be homeless.”

Local 11 is coming together with other unions whose contracts are expiring this year to ensure workers receive their fair share and housing security in the prosperous city of Los Angeles. Workers invited the CA Democrats to join them in demanding what they need to live in the city they work in: fair pay that accounts for rising rent, pension, healthcare, and humane workloads.

Union workers to rally in LA for better wages, benefits

100 DELEGATIONS. ONE FIGHT.

On April 6, 2023  Local 11 members delegated 100 workplaces in LA, OC, and AZ inviting their bosses to the bargaining table to start negotiating their new contracts. We are ready for 6/30/23.

100 CONTRACTS, ONE FIGHT