WHO OWNS THE STREETS?

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

ROSA PAZ

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. 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.”

REPRESENTATIVE JIMMY GOMEZ

MARTA ESQUIVEL

The companies have taken advantage of the pandemic to get richer, while we struggle to stay housed. I am fighting for that change, and that’s why I am on strike!

SOCAL STRIKE: INDEPENDENCE DAY

On the eve of the Fourth of July, while hotel CEOs were toasting record profits at their vacation homes in the Hamptons, in a show of incomparable strength, thousands of cooks, room attendants, dishwashers, servers, bellmen, and front desk agents walked out in the largest hotel strike in Southern California history.

TODAY SHOW: LOS ANGELES HOTEL WORKERS ON STRIKE