For immediate release
October 29, 2014
(213) 804 8105
What: Hotel worker strike
Where: Westin LAX Hotel: 5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
When: Wednesday, October 29 from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Who: Dozens of hotel workers and community allies
Visuals: Picket signs with bedbug graphics, picketing workers in uniform
Westin LAX hotel workers will walk off the job in a one-day strike Wednesday. Housekeepers and other workers are protesting the Hotel’s discipline of a long-time housekeeper for failing to spot bedbugs in one of her assigned rooms on September 4. This is the third such discipline to a housekeeper in 2014.
Housekeepers have asked the hotel to lighten their workload. They say it is unfair that management disciplines housekeepers for missing bedbugs while the Hotel has rejected workers’ demands for a lighter workload. Among their complaints, housekeepers say the Hotel’s “Make a Green Choice” program has contributed to their workload problems. This program rewards guests for going for days without cleaning their rooms. When these guests check out, housekeepers have to clean rooms that have not been clean for several days, adding more work.
“It is unfair to hold us responsible for finding and reporting bed bugs, while at the same time rejecting our proposals that would make our workload more manageable,” said Westin housekeeper Antonia Cruz. Workers are demanding that management rescind the bed bug-related disciplines and not issue further such disciplines.
Workers will be available for live interviews in English and Spanish outside the Westin LAX starting at 6:00 AM.