For immediate release
July 20, 2023
Statement via UNITE HERE Local 30 Secretary-Treasurer Jorge Arellano:
This year’s San Diego Comic-Con is taking place amidst labor disputes impacting the film and television industries — marking a historic moment since the convention’s founding. But the lack of celebrity actors, writers, and others skipping in solidarity with the thousands of striking workers across Hollywood entertainment is not the only notable labor activity surrounding this year’s event.
At the very same venue where the first-ever Comic-Con was held in San Diego in 1970 — the Gaslamp’s US Grant Hotel — the Union representing the region’s hotel and hospitality workers has called for a boycott and is urging all customers to not eat, sleep, or meet at the property.
On June 8, 2023, UNITE HERE Local 30 requested a fair process for workers at the US Grant Hotel to organize a union. The management company, Marriott Hotels, ignored the request. It has been our experience that most hospitality workers prefer union representation over dealing with their employers individually. They are often reluctant to get involved in union organizing efforts, however, out of fear of retaliation.
Workers at the US Grant Hotel deserve a fair process free of intimidation and retaliation to decide if they wish to form a union so that they could then negotiate for fair wages, benefits, and working conditions. UNITE HERE Local 30 believes the US Grant Hotel should reconsider its decision to ignore the request for a card check agreement.
Comic-Con attendees or anyone hosting an event at the US Grant Hotel should move their business immediately and can refer to FairHotel.org for properties that are not currently amid a labor dispute.