For immediate release
June 10, 2005
Amanda Cooper 917-533-4050
David Koff 213-448-9093
Hilda Delgado 213-276-3375
UNITE HERE Local 11 is very disappointed to learn that the Los Angeles Employers’ Council (EC) has decided to lock out approximately 2,500 hotel workers.
Yesterday our members announced a 2-week strike at one property–Hyatt West Hollywood–in an effort to make the hotel return the thousands of dollars in healthcare co-pays the hotel collected from the workers over a period of eight months after their contract expired in April, which the National Labor Relations Board now alleges the hotel collected illegally.
We chose to act in a moderate responsible way. Now, the EC hotels have decided to lock out the workers in four properties effective 5 am on Saturday, June 11, 2005: a move that’s not just bad for our workers who will lose their paychecks but also for the city of Los Angeles. Just ask our brothers and sisters in San Francisco. Their tourism and convention business has still not recovered from the hotels’ decision to lock out the workers late last year.
But the good news is the EC still has time to do the right thing. They can restore our workers’ health fund; repay the families for their co-pays and medical debts; and let our workers come to work and provide the outstanding service to which visitors to Los Angeles have become accustomed.