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September 7, 2011
After a five-year year dispute involving a boycott, strike and wage cuts, workers and the hotel's new owner agree on fair deal
LOS ANGELES–After five years, the Wilshire Hotel is no longer under worker-called boycott. Sydell Wilshire LLC recently purchased the 385-room Koreatown hotel and has vowed to restore workers’ wages and benefits, including back pay.
The deal comes after a contentious year for the hotel, which made headlines after sheriff’s officials set up shop in the hotel lobby in attempt to seize nearly $3.5 million in unpaid bed taxes. Several months before, workers staged a one-day strike after hotel owners slashed workers wages and healthcare.
"The new deal signals an important end to a long-standing dispute with the former owner of the Wilshire Hotel," said Teresa Martinez, a housekeeper of 14 years. "We are heartened by the respect Sydell Wilshire has shown for our work and our rights and excited to move forward."
As part of the tentative agreement, Sydell Wilshire plans a full renovation of the hotel guest rooms and public spaces.
Andrew Zobler, Chief Executive Officer of the Sydell Group – the company overseeing the investment – stated, "we are incredibly pleased with the purchase and are excited about working with such a great group of dedicated employees."