Los Angeles—-Blitzing the media at about the same time they informed Local 11, the members of the L.A. Hotel Employer’s Council (EC) publicized their latest four-year proposal on Monday, May 16th. In the face of growing tensions that threaten to split the EC itself, the 2004-2008 proposal amounts are little more than a desperate attempt to entice Local 11’s members to accept a contract whose duration will isolate them from tens of thousands of their brothers and sisters who will be negotiating with the global hotel corporations in 2006.
As Local 11 Secretary-Treasurer Tom Walsh told the Los Angeles Times, -�This tells me two things,-� he said. -�First, they can afford a better economic package. Second, and more importantly, they’re still not listening to us.-� Local 11 has already signed 2004-2006 agreements with six hotels, including the Beverly Hilton and the Bel Air. Negotiations with the EC had been set for May 25th, but have been postponed due to the tragic death of Miguel Contreras.
San Francisco — Who better to see that justice is served than several hundred labor lawyers? While in town for their convention, more than 300 labor lawyers marched from their meeting at the San Francisco Marriott on Friday to the St. Francis Hotel to join Local 2 members on a picket line and to inform the public about the boycott of the 14 Multi-Employer Group hotels. All told, more than 750 people picketed at the St. Francis for three hours. And what chant do you suppose was heard most often? "What do we want? A contract! When do we want it? Now!" Join Local 2 members and allies Thursday, May 19th from 2-6pm at the Fairmont Hotel (California and Mason Sts on Nob Hill). Contact Kelly Dugan 415 864 8770 x751 for more information.