Workers from the Luxe City Center Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn Downtown) walked off the job on January 13 in a one-day strike.
Hotel housekeepers led the walkout, demanding that management remove unfair disciplinary actions from their work records. Housekeepers say Luxe management gradually increased their workload over the past year, then punished workers in December when they didn’t finish the work.
The downtown hotel changed its name from the Holiday Inn to the Luxe City Center in June of 2010. Along with the name change, owners renovated the 195-room hotel and increased room amenities by adding pillows, linens and robes and replaced tubs with shower stalls with glass doors, all of which has meant more work for housekeepers. The increased tasks require housekeepers to do more to clean the rooms in the same amount of time.
"Thanks in part to the expansion of L.A. Live, Luxe hotel business is booming but instead of hiring new housekeepers, management is adding to our workload," said Vanessa Aveldano, a housekeeper of five years. "We’ve had enough."
The Luxe hotel workers’ contract, like thousands of other hotel workers in Los Angeles, has been expired for more than a year.
"Striking Luxe workers are fighting back against a jobless economic recovery," said Tom Walsh, president of the hotel workers’ union UNITE HERE Local 11. "Los Angeles’ tourism industry, especially around L.A. Live, is thriving. Now is the time to give housekeepers more time to clean each room and put more Angelenos to work."