For immediate release
February 22, 2013
On Oscar Weekend, W Hollywood Housekeepers Ready to Strike
Picketing, protesting planned for Friday, Saturday, Sunday mornings
What: Picket Line and Press Conference previewing weekend protests
When: Picketing, protesting planned for Friday, Saturday, Sunday mornings
Where: W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, 90028
Who: W Hollywood hotel housekeepers, Local 11 President Tom Walsh
Visuals: Red carpet, Oscar statues, picket signs, housekeepers in uniform
Why: Housekeepers and other employees at the W Hollywood are fed up with disrespect from hotel managers. Housekeepers say they do not have enough time to clean the post-party messiness common in the hotel rooms.
The room cleaners are quarreling with management over the amount of time they have to clean each room. Ladies say they find post-party remnants like cake on the walls, broken champagne flutes, sex toys strewn about and rose petals littering the floors – which they have to pick up by hand.
"Fundamentally, this is about respect," said Mildred Velasquez, a W hotel housekeeper. "We want to give guests clean, comfortable rooms, but we are not machines. We ask management to be reasonable and treat us like human beings."
On Friday, housekeepers will discuss the troublesome working conditions and preview protests they have planned for Oscar weekend. The W hotel, located on the corner of Hollywood and Vine, is just blocks away from Hollywood and Highland, where the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24.
To arrange interviews with W housekeepers, please contact Leigh Shelton at 323-533-3864.