In March 2020, the famed Chateau Marmont fired virtually its entire workforce. Workers who dedicated decades of their lives to the hotel were left without job security or affordable healthcare in the middle of the pandemic. Many of the Chateau Marmont’s workers have since spoken out about abuses they experienced working at the hotel, including disrespect, mistreatment, and a racially stratified workplace. The Chateau Marmont’s workers also successfully organized to win a path-breaking city law to ensure that hospitality workers can to return to their jobs as the crisis subsides.
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Los Angeles: Aaron Sorkin, his film crew, actors including Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, and SAG-AFTRA, honored the Chateau Marmont boycott and pulled the filming of the major production Being the Ricardos from the hotel due to the ongoing labor dispute.
“We commend Aaron Sorkin for putting into practice the ideals of free speech and social justice that he depicted so brilliantly in his Oscar-nominated film The Trial of the Chicago 7. This is the kind of leadership we need in Hollywood, and we urge everyone else in the industry to follow his lead and honor the boycott of the Chateau Marmont. We also thank members of SAG-AFTRA, Teamsters, Directors Guild, and IATSE for their solidarity,” said UNITE HERE Local 11 Co-President Kurt Petersen.
Through the highly publicized boycott of the Chateau Marmont, workers are calling on the hotel to demonstrate a commitment to respecting workers’ years of service by rehiring them in accordance with their legal rights and ensuring that all workers—regardless of their race, sex, or background—feel treated with dignity and respect.
“For years I washed the dishes behind the scenes for Hollywood’s A-listers. Today, knowing that we got the support from such respected actors in Hollywood means the world to me,” said Oscar Chacon, 17-year dishwasher at the Chateau Marmont whose eyes lit up upon hearing the news.
A growing number of celebrities have endorsed the workers’ call for a boycott, including Jane Fonda, Alfonso Cuarón, Martin Sheen, Tom Morello, Edie Falco, Lena Headey, Constance Zimmer, Nikki Bilderback, Thomas Sadoski, Joshua Oppenhimer, Eliza Dushku and Alison Pill. Organizations like SAG-AFTRA have also voiced their support for the fired workers.
Picket lines outside the Chateau Marmont are expected Friday outside the after-party hotspot as Hollywood prepares for Oscar weekend.
To learn more of the ongoing boycott and support go to www.BoycottChateauMarmont.org
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We applaud Governor Newsom who stands with these workers and affirms that no one should permanently lose their job during this pandemic. We are grateful to the leadership and tenacity of our state Democratic legislators, especially Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Assemblyman Ash Kalra , and Senator Maria Elena Durazo.
Alfonso Cuarón Joins Boycott of Chateau Marmont
The multi-Academy-Award-winner takes stand following lawsuit by
former worker alleging sexual harassment and race discrimination
Los Angeles, CA: Alfonso Cuarón, multi-Academy Award-winner and Mexican film icon, pledged to boycott the Chateau Marmont until its workers are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. His pledge comes on the 1-year anniversary of mass firings and follows a lawsuit by a former worker alleging sexual harassment and race discrimination at the Chateau Marmont.
Alfonso Cuarón joins legend Jane Fonda in calling for a boycott of the Chateau Marmont until hotel management demonstrates a commitment to respect its workers’ years of service by rehiring them in accordance with their legal rights and to ensure that all workers—regardless of their race, sex, or background—feel treated with dignity and respect. Hundreds more have called for fair treatment of Chateau Marmont workers, including SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and the Hollywood chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Alfonso Cuarón has made breakthrough films uplifting the stories of the hardest working people in society, including his 2019 award-winning film Roma. Cuaron is one of a handful of filmmakers to win an Oscar for Best Director multiple times (for Roma and Gravity) and the first Mexico-born filmmaker to win the award.
“To hear that Alfonso Cuarón, who I admire and had greeted for so many years, is fighting alongside me and my coworkers for the justice we deserve means the world to me,” said Carlos Barrera, 40-year garage attendant at the Chateau Marmont.
Last month, workers and allies gathered outside the Chateau Marmont calling for the boycott of the hotel. Many of the hotel’s workers have spoken out about their experiences working at “Hollywood’s Playground,” prompting concern from community leaders. The Chateau Marmont fired virtually its entire workforce in March 2020, leaving workers who had dedicated decades of their lives to the hotel without job security or affordable healthcare during the pandemic. Earlier this year, former events server Thomasina Gross filed a lawsuit against the Chateau Marmont alleging that she experienced race discrimination and sexual harassment while working there.