Los Angeles-based Unite Here Local 11 has confirmed to Northstar Travel Media that some 800 union workers currently are picketing four hotels in Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif. Employees of 24 hotels voted overwhelmingly on Dec. 6 to strike, beginning yesterday, if a new contract is not ratified. That vote comes in the wake of a record-breaking 20 hotel strikes that already have been carried out in more than 10 cities across the country so far this year.
"We will be out marching all day, and we are ready to strike, and just waiting on the call," Andrew Cohen, a representative for Local 11, told Northstar.
The four hotels being targeted are the Westin Bonaventure, the Beverly Wilshire, the Anaheim Hilton and the Sheraton Park Hotel. Contracts for 7,500 workers at 24 area hotels expired on Nov. 30, and tensions have been mounting at the bargaining table, where workers' lists of demands include a base bay of $25 an hour, affordable health care, the implementation of panic buttons for housekeepers, increased pensions and stronger protection for immigrants.
This has been a year of unprecedented strikes, with workers taking to the picket lines for months at cities across the country, including Boston, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco and Honolulu. Those actions have been settled, with workers winning new four-year contracts that met many of their demands. Buoyed by the outcome of those strikes, Los Angeles and Orange County workers say they also are prepared walk out until their demands are met.
Workers in the following hotels are now posed to strike:
• Hilton Anaheim
• Beverly Hilton
• Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
• Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles
• Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live/Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. Live
• Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica
• Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale & Executive Meeting Center
• Andaz West Hollywood
• InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
• JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
• L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
• Loews Hollywood Hotel
• Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel
• Luxe City Center Hotel, Los Angeles
• Westdrift Manhattan Beach, Autograph Collection
• Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel
• Sheraton Grand Los Angeles
• Sheraton Universal Hotel
• SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills
• Sportmen's Lodge Event Center, Studio City
• The Line Los Angeles
• W Hollywood
• W Los Angeles–West Beverly Hills
• Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort