HOTELS WITH CONTRACTS OR TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENTS

  • 1 HOTEL WEST HOLLYWOOD
  • ALOFT | El Segundo, Calif.
  • ALSACE HOTEL | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • BALBOA BAY CLUB | Newport Beach, Calif.
  • THE BEVERLY HILTON | Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • COURTYARD MARRIOTT SANTA MONICA
  • COURTYARD MARRIOTT/RESIDENCE INN LA LIVE | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • DOUBLETREE HOTEL DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
  • DOUBLETREE HOTEL SAN PEDRO
  • E CENTRAL HOTEL | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • FAIRFIELD INN AND SUITES | El Segundo, Calif.
  • FAIRMONT CENTURY PLAZA | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • FAIRMONT MIRAMAR | Santa Monica, Calif.
  • FOUR POINTS SHERATON LAX | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • FOUR SEASONS REGENCY BEVERLY WILSHIRE | Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • HAMPTON INN & SUITES SANTA MONICA
  • HILTON ANAHEIM
  • HILTON COSTA MESA
  • HILTON IRVINE
  • HILTON PASADENA
  • HOLIDAY INN LAX
  • HOTEL INDIGO LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN
  • HOTEL MAYA
  • HYATT ANDAZ WEST HOLLYWOOD
  • HYATT CENTRIC LONG BEACH
  • HYATT PLACE PASADENA
  • HYATT REGENCY LAX
  • HYATT REGENCY LONG BEACH
  • INTERCONTINENTAL LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN
  • JUNE HOTEL | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • JW MARRIOTT LA LIVE | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • LAGUNA CLIFFS MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA | Dana Point, Calif.
  • LE MÉRIDIEN DELFINA SANTA MONICA
  • LE MERIGOT | Santa Monica, Calif.
  • THE LINE | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • LOEWS HOLLYWOOD | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • MARRIOTT IRVINE | Irvine, Calif.
  • MILLENNIUM BILTMORE | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • PROPER HOTEL LOS ANGELES
  • PROPER HOTEL SANTA MONICA
  • THE LA GRAND HOTEL DOWNTOWN
  • 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 PARK ANAHEIM
  • SHERATON UNIVERSAL HOTEL | Universal City, Calif.
  • SLS HOTEL BEVERLY HILLS | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • SOFITEL LOS ANGELES AT BEVERLY HILLS
  • TEMPE MISSION PALMS-DESTINATION BY HYATT | Tempe, Ariz.
  • VICEROY SANTA MONICA
  • W HOLLYWOOD & SKY TERRACE RESTAURANT
  • W LOS ANGELES WEST BEVERLY HILLS | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • WALDORF ASTORIA | Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • WESTDRIFT MANHATTAN BEACH
  • WESTIN BONAVENTURE | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • WESTIN LAX LOS ANGELES AIRPORT | Los Angeles, Calif.

HOTELS WITH LABOR DISPUTES

  • CAMEO BEVERLY HILLS
  • EMBASSY SUITES IRVINE
  • GLENDALE HILTON
  • HILTON GARDEN INN LAX/EL SEGUNDO
  • HOTEL FIGUEROA
  • SONESTA REDONDO BEACH
  • WESTIN LONG 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.

OPEN LETTER FROM HOTEL HOUSEKEEPERS TO TAYLOR SWIFT

Hotel Housekeepers Ask Taylor Swift to Postpone Her Shows in LA

A week before her Eras Tour hits Los Angeles, dozens of hotel housekeepers published an open letter to Taylor Swift in the Los Angeles Times, asking her to support their fight for a wage that allows them to live in the city where they work. Hotels are expected to reap enormous profits from the “Swift Lift,” which has been compared to multiple consecutive Super Bowls in light of its economic benefits for the hospitality industry.

Hotel Housekeepers Ask Taylor Swift to Postpone L.A. Eras Tour Unless Hotels Pay a Living Wage

Los Angeles, CA: A week before her Eras Tour hits Los Angeles, dozens of hotel housekeepers published an open letter to Taylor Swift in the Los Angeles Times, asking her to support their fight for a wage that allows them to live in the city where they work. Hotels are expected to reap enormous profits from the “Swift Lift,” which has been compared to multiple consecutive Super Bowls in light of its economic benefits for the hospitality industry.

Housekeepers are asking Swift to postpone her six scheduled concerts in Los Angeles until they are paid a living wage. Earlier this week, Snoop Dogg canceled his upcoming concert at the Hollywood Bowl in solidarity with striking writers and actors.

The letter also points to some unexpected commonalities between hotel housekeepers and megastar Swift, comparing their fight against the hotel industry’s use of “junk fees”–extra charges that are tacked onto room rates that benefit companies, not workers–to Swift’s crusade against Ticketmaster adding junk fees to her fans’ concert tickets. As a staunch advocate for empowering women, Swift even shared the pages of TIME Magazine’s 2017 “Silence Breakers” issue with two hotel workers from Los Angeles who had also spoken out against sexual harassment.

Now, hotel housekeepers are asking for her support as they fight for a living wage. Hotel workers have reported having to sleep in their cars between shifts. Many struggle to stay housed. This plight is shared by thousands of hotel workers across 43 hotels in the L.A. area who have gone on strike in the past month for living wages, healthcare and a pension. So far, only the Westin Bonaventure has reached a tentative agreement with the Union to pay a living wage that will enable workers to afford to live in the city where they work.

The Federal Reserve has reported that Swift’s Eras Tour has significantly boosted the hospitality industry in nearly every city she has performed in, raising hotel room rates by orders of magnitude. Currently, Swift is set to perform at SoFi Stadium on August 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9.The ongoing hotel worker labor unrest in Los Angeles has caused groups such as the Democratic Governors Association, the Japanese American Citizens League, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Vanderpump Rules to cancel their events.

SOLIDARITY ERA

MELISSA AND ROSA

The 3rd wave of the nation’s largest hotel strike expands to Beverly Hills as more than 1,000 more cooks, room attendants, dishwashers, servers, bellmen, and front desk agents at multiple properties walked out this morning.

Beverly Hills Hotel Workers Strike, 3rd Wave Grows

Beverly Hills, CA: The 3rd wave of the nation’s largest hotel strike expands to Beverly Hills as more than 1,000 more cooks, room attendants, dishwashers, servers, bellmen, and front desk agents at multiple properties walked out this morning.

Jovani Ramirez, a cook who works at both the Beverly Hilton and Fairmont Century Plaza and commutes from Santa Clarita said, “I am going on strike because I work two full time jobs to provide for my 4 children. I need free family healthcare because my youngest son is autistic.  It is morally wrong that I work 16 hours a day in our most prosperous industry but cannot afford to live in Los Angeles.”

“A room attendant at the Waldorf Astoria must work 60 hours to earn enough to pay for one night at this ritzy hotel,” said Kurt Petersen, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local. 11.  “Yet the hotel’s last offer did not add one more penny for wages. Hilton could care less about whether their workers are able to afford to live in Los Angeles.”

Thousands of workers at 43 hotels have struck so far.   But only the Westin Bonaventure has reached a tentative agreement that includes a living wage that will enable workers to afford to live in the city where they work.

Last week, the hotel industry led by Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott, presented a new economic proposal that did not have one penny more for wages, pension or healthcare.

The ongoing labor unrest has caused groups such as the Democratic Governors Association, Japanese American Citizens League, W.K Kellogg Foundation and Vanderpump Rules to cancel their events.

The union’s bargaining committee sent a letter to the American Political Science Association requesting that the 6000 person organization cancel its Annual Meeting & Exhibition, which is set to take place on August 31 to September 3, 2022 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

THANK YOU CSG WEST

UNITE HERE Local 11 + WGA West + SAG-AFTRA

What happens when UNITE HERE Local 11, Writers Guild of America West, and SAG-AFTRA decide to throw a street party? And they are joined by LA County Federation Of Labor, Amusement Area Employees Union Local B-192? This is what happens!

LETICIA CEBALLOS

Leticia has two jobs and lives two hours away from her workplace to be able to achieve her dream of home ownership. She has to sleep in her car between jobs and can only see her family on weekends. That’s why she’s on strike.

Third Wave of SoCal Hotel Strikes Hit Hollywood After Industry Proposes Not One Penny More

Southern California: After the hotel industry led by Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott, presented a new economic proposal that did not have one penny more for wages, pension or healthcare, thousands of cooks, room attendants, dishwashers, servers, bellmen, and front desk agents at multiple properties walked out this morning as part of the largest multi-hotel strike in California history.

This is the third in a wave of strikes in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. So far, of the 60 properties with nearly 15,000 hotel workers whose contracts expired at the end of June, only the Westin Bonaventure has reached an agreement with UNITE HERE Local 11 that includes a living wage that will allow workers to afford to live in the city where they work.

The ongoing labor unrest has caused groups such as the Democratic Governors Association, Japanese American Citizens League, W.K Kellogg Foundation and Vanderpump Rules to cancel or move their events.

Yesterday, the bargaining committee sent a letter to the American Political Science Association requesting that the organization cancel its Annual Meeting & Exhibition, which is set to take place on August 31 to September 3, 2022 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  More than 6,000 political science professors are expected to attend this citywide conference.

Morena Hernandez, housekeeper at the Hyatt Andaz said, “I have given decades of my life to this hotel and they have done nothing but take advantage of us. If they really valued our work, they would pay us what we needed to be able to live near where we work. Instead they insult us with their proposals.”

Kurt Petersen, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11 said, “Just when you thought it was not possible, the hotels hit a new low in greed and cruelty.  Their last proposal would make Ebenezer Scrooge envious and would result in a wave of evictions for hotel workers.  Not a penny more for wages, pension or healthcare.  Workers cannot afford to pay rent; meanwhile, a room at the Waldorf Astoria clocks in at $1400. Their greed has forced workers to walk out again to win a wage that allows them to live in LA.”

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THE SECOND WAVE OF STRIKES

“Thousands of workers at 33 hotels from Downtown Los Angeles to LAX to Orange County have participated in the largest hotel worker strike in California history,” said Kurt Petersen, Co-President UNITE HERE Local 11. “Our city has reached a tipping point. The wealthy continue to live in luxury while workers, from actors and writers to room attendants and servers, live from one paycheck to the next. This fight is ultimately about whether those who make LA prosperous and beautiful will be able to afford to live in LA.”

Picketing and Leafleting Continue as Hotel Workers Return to Work After Second Wave of Strikes

More hotel worker actions on the horizon as entertainment industry strike grows

Southern California: As labor strife consumes the region, thousands of hotel workers at 12 hotels in Los Angeles and Orange County return to work today.   

The pandemic destroyed the regions’ most important industries, tourism and entertainment, as most actors, writers, and hotel workers lost their jobs overnight. Meanwhile the employers profited from the pandemic by taking billions of dollars in subsidies and forcing workers to work more for less. Workers are rising up together to demand a living wage that allows them to live in the city in which they work.  

Negotiations resume on Tuesday, June 18th. More strikes and other actions by hotel workers could take place at any time. 

“Since reopening after the pandemic, hotels began to eliminate daily room cleaning. Our workloads have become brutal and take an even bigger toll on us,” says Rosa Paz, housekeeper for 23 years at the Hilton Anaheim. “We went on strike because we work really hard and deserve better. Through the strike workers from all the hotels are more united than ever. We are ready for anything, inside, outside, at the negotiating table, and won’t settle for less than we deserve.”

Yesenia Reyes, housekeeper at the Hyatt Regency LAX which is owned by the Southwest Carpenters Pension Trust, the pension fund of the Southwest Carpenters’ union says, “I feel more empowered now than ever to continue fighting for a good contract.” She continued, “As a single mom, I rarely get to see my six kids because I work two full time jobs to pay my $2,000 rent and keep up with other expenses.”

“Thousands of workers at 33 hotels from Downtown Los Angeles to LAX to Orange County have participated in the largest hotel worker strike in California history,” said Kurt Petersen, Co-President UNITE HERE Local 11. “Our city has reached a tipping point. The wealthy continue to live in luxury while workers, from actors and writers to room attendants and servers, live from one paycheck to the next. This fight is ultimately about whether those who make LA prosperous and beautiful will be able to afford to live in LA.”

YESENIA REYES

I feel more empowered now than ever to continue fighting for a good contract. As a single mom, I rarely get to see my six kids because I work two full time jobs to pay my $2,000 rent and keep up with other expenses.