Lupita Ortiz has been a housekeeper at the Disneyland Hotel for over 15 years. She is also a member of Local 11’s Executive Board and a Delegate for the California Democratic Party.
Hollywood is the oxygen that feeds the Chateau and its owner, Adre Balazs. But Hollywood stands with the fired workers, and has left the Chateau Marmont. They heard about this fight and they said: “ADIOS CHATEAU MARMONT!”
It has been over a year since the Chateau Marmont fired more than 200 of its workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving workers who had dedicated decades of their lives to the hotel without job security or company-provided healthcare. Since then, many of the hotel’s workers have spoken out about their experiences working at the hotel, prompting concern from community leaders and the call for a boycott.
Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas: “Get Vaccinated!”
Long-time UNITE HERE Local 11 ally, LA Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas, has a special message for all members of Local 11: “Let’s all get vaccinated so we can get back to work!”
Recall Rights for Hospitality Workers is Now Law in California
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.
Los Angeles Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride
In September 2003, in the tradition of the Civil Rights Movement Freedom Rides in the sixties, the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride left from 10 cities with 900 riders from 50 different countries on a journey across the U.S. to fight for the rights of all immigrant workers.
This is the story of the Los Angeles Freedom Riders, led by Maria Elena Durazo and including many Local 11 workers.
Susan Minato, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11 and Chair of the Hospitality Training Academy Board of Trustees
“The Serving our Community Program shows what we can accomplish together – when labor, employers, their labor-management partnership training arm, and elected officials come together to innovatively and safely provide vital resources to our community.”
Julie Su, Secretary, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
“The incredible efforts of UNITE HERE Local 11, its members, the Hospitality Training Academy, the Los Angeles Convention Center and the hotels demonstrate what we mean when we say California is the leader in innovation. This project not only served 3 million meals so people could stay home and stay fed during COVID, it also kept over 1000 working people in good jobs. The state of California is proud to be a partner.”