Los Angeles Hotel Workers Go on Strike - New York Times

Thousands of hotel workers in Southern California walked off the job on Sunday demanding higher pay and better benefits, just as hordes of tourists descended on the region for the Fourth of July holiday.

Representatives for the hotels have said that the union [(UNITE HERE Local 11)] had not been bargaining in good faith, and that leaders were determined to disrupt operations.

Last year, tourism in the city reached its highest levels since the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. Roughly 46 million people visited, and there was $34.5 billion in total business sales in 2022, reaching 91 percent of the record set in 2019.

But for many workers like Diana Rios-Sanchez, who works as a housekeeping supervisor at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, the pay has not helped to keep up with inflation.

The union has been negotiating since April for a new contract. In June, members approved a strike.

The group has asked that hourly wages, now $20 and $25 for housekeepers, immediately increase by $5, followed by $3 bumps in each subsequent year of a three-year contract.

By contrast, [Keith Grossman, a spokesman for the coordinated bargaining group consisting of more than 40 Los Angeles and Orange County hotels] said in the statement that the hotels had offered to increase pay for housekeepers currently making $25 an hour in Beverly Hills and downtown Los Angeles to more than $31 per hour by January 2027.

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Events: COVID-19 Pandemic 

Locations: California Los Angeles, CA 

Organizations: Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board UNITE HERE Local 11 

People: Kurt Petersen Keith Grossman 

Tags: Unions Labor Strike 

Type: Headlines