A major victory was won this month in the fight for hotel workers and their families to maintain free family health care coverage. The EC announced that effective immediately in all EC Hotels, the EC will discontinue the $10 weekly co-payment by hotel employees, and return to making contributions on all hours worked and paid for. In addition, any payments made from February 1, 2005 will be refunded.
Since July, approximately 500 hotel workers and their families have lost their health insurance coverage and the EC has collected over $700,000 from hotel workers. Local 11 has always claimed that the $10 weekly co-payments and the impasse were illegal. Delegations and actions have escalated inside the hotels demanding the return of all the money the hotels collected from the workers. "People are really pumped up. Now they know the companies are scared of the power that we have." -"Miguel Aguilar, Chief Shop Steward. This is a major victory for hotel workers in Los Angeles.