The Los Angeles hotels boycott is gaining steam as more and more supporters honor the boycott by not holding events. In a recent survey Local 11 confirmed that more than 126 events have pulled out of the boycotted hotels or have decided not to book their events at the nine hotels. During conversations with several of the hotels’ clients, customers expressed that canceling an event because of the boycott is very difficult but deciding not to book a future event is easy. As word spreads of the L.A. hotels’ boycott, the boycott will only get worse for the hotels as future business is affected. With millions of dollars already lost, the hotels have reason for serious concern.
Jesse Jackson, a boycott supporter and long time friend of hotel workers, came to Los Angeles in March and visited workers inside the Century Plaza Hotel. Together, workers at the hotel and Jesse Jackson delegated the General Manager who happened to be meeting with the owners of the Century Plaza at the time. Jesse Jackson and head chef Donald Wilson talked to the owners about their fight for a fair contract and how they should honor the rights of the workers who make his company’s hotel profitable every day.
International support for hotels workers in the U.S. also continues to grow. After their exciting delegation to Los Angeles, Korean union representatives went back to Korea and continued to make noise by meeting with Wilshire Grand owner Korean Air Lines and their parent company, Hanjin. The Korean union has also been sending letters ever since the Korean delegates returned to Seoul. Thanks to the Korean union, tensions inside the company are rising.
In further international news, Mexican union representatives just returned home after a very exciting visit to Los Angeles. They participated with several hundred Local 11 members and community supporters in a -�Banquet In The Streets-� action held April 13 in front of the Century Plaza Hotel. L.A. workers were showing customers and the public they should honor their boycott of the hotel by -�eating in the streets-� not at the hotel. The Mexican delegation also participated in delegations to management at several other L.A. hotels resisting a fair contract and promised to continue the fight in support of UNITE HERE’s struggle upon their return to Mexico.