UNITE HERE gnaws at WeHo hotels

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UNITE HERE Local 11 — the powerful labor union that plays a crucial behind-the-scenes role in West Hollywood politics — flexed its muscles countywide Thursday, coordinating a wave of hotel worker strikes and protests all across the region.

The 59 L.A. area hotels entangled in negotiations have failed to allocate any additional funds for wages, pensions, or healthcare, leaving workers feeling undervalued and unsupported, UNITE HERE claims.

“We have sat down with the hotel management to try to negotiate in good faith, and they just haven’t budged,” David Stookie, a front desk worker at the 1 Hotel, told KNX News.

Decked out in their familiar red T-shirts, two dozen or so UNITE HERE members swarmed the sidewalks outside the 1 Hotel and the Andaz in West Hollywood. Standing next to a giant-sized, demonic looking inflatable rat, they held up signs reading “En Huelga” (“on strike”) and shouted rallying cries in Spanish, cheering whenever a passing car honked in support.  Some literally beat the drum to draw attention to the contract negotiation process they feel is unfair.

Noise and disruption are two of UNITE HERE’s most effective weapons in pushing (and sometimes shoving)  for better working conditions for hotel workers. With every new due-paying member it can recruit, the bureacracy of the organization, its budget and the ambitions of its bosses expand. The union has in the past put on elaborate, theatrical performance pieces to bring exposure to their causes, and their tactics have at times been criticized as bullying.

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UNITE HERE was a crucial force in getting all five WeHo councilmembers elected with the help of their direct mail campaigns and their aggressive ballot harvesting operation. The union also masterminded the controversial hotel worker ordinance and minimum wage increase that were passed last year, and are playing an increasingly more hands-on role in politics throughout the area.

Only the Westin Bonaventure in downtown L.A. has managed to reach a new contract agreement with UNITE HERE’s leadership. In the month of July alone, hotel workers have already gone on strike twice, disrupting operations in downtown L.A., Santa Monica and the vicinity of LAX. The union has threatened that additional walkouts could occur at any given moment.

The rising cost of living in the City of Angels stands as a significant concern for the union, alongside the persisting issue of understaffing, which has failed to improve since the onslaught of the pandemic.

Protests also unfolded in Glendale, San Pedro and Pasadena.

 

 

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[…] that controls 32,000 such workers in Southern California. Its leaders were aiming for the “largest industry strike in modern history” when they orchestrated the targeted workforce disruptions seen at local hotels such as the […]

City girl
City girl
10 months ago

Local 11 aka Unite Here is one of the most corrupt unions ever. Years ago when we were trying to organize the Ash Grove, they made a deal to withdraw their support with the owner Ed Pearl assisted by his lawyer and sometime Democratic Party functionary, Stephen Rinehardt long before he became a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge.

#gaymaga
#gaymaga
10 months ago

Unite bought the three most dreadful people to ever be elected in california. The hideous Shine, the buffoon Erickson and that carpet bagger Chelsea Byers from Arizona. So unite everyone to get rid of these three drugs. They are ruining West Hollywood.

Kevin
Kevin
10 months ago

The city made a deal with the devil when they caved to unite and now the union acts as if weho did nothing fir them. While I support organized labor, I think unite has a separate agenda. The 2 weho hotels they represent would be best to try to bust the union and start again. .

Michael G Labarbera
Michael G Labarbera
10 months ago

I am very pro-union, BUT no one union should be allowed to run West Hollywood.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
10 months ago

“With every new due-paying member it can recruit, the bureaucracy of the organization, its budget and the ambitions of its bosses expand.”  Its bosses are building empires for themselves using these clueless souls as their means to it. Just like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, two of the most deceitful shake-down artists of the modern age who will find racism in the rising of the sun if it will make them a a buck or two, these bosses are depending on the support of bleeding heart progressives with their condescension to these workers in that they are totally incapable of… Read more »

voter
voter
10 months ago

Unite Here has been poisoning West Hollywood for years–always supporting the lowest of the lowlifes for City Council. Sad to see they are hurting people across the country.

A Possible Scenario
A Possible Scenario
10 months ago

The hotels will raise their rates in order to continue making a profit. Fewer tourists will be able to afford them. Tourism will go down. People will lose jobs,. Businesses will lose business, and the economy will suffer. Oh well…
UNITE HERE…are they smart or are they cutting off their nose to spite their face?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
10 months ago

The hotel rates will always adjust to supply and demand.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
10 months ago

Hot Labor Summer is upon us! Glad to see all these unions standing strong!

Crookies
Crookies
10 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Seeing you support unions is a clear red flag the ‘unions’ are not acting in the holistic best interests of their members and their industry

Payment Due
Payment Due
10 months ago

NOTHING IS EVER FREE.

SOONER OR LATER EVERYONE MUST PAY, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

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