Santa Monica
Traditional Reporting for A Digital Age

ROQUE & MARK Co. Real Estate 310.828.7525

Home Special Reports Archive Links The City Commerce About Contacts Editor Send PR

Hotel Workers Stage Second Wave of Walkouts

Bob Kronovetrealty
We Love Property Management Headaches!

Good Vibes Start Here. Santa Monica Travel and Tourism

Santa Monica Apartments

Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 434-4000


By Jorge Casuso

July 10, 2023 -- Less than one week after returning from a three-day walkout at five Santa Monica hotels, union workers staged a second wave of strikes at hotels near LAX on Monday.

This time, Unite HERE Local 11 targeted eight hotels around the airport, bringing to more than two dozen the number of hotels targeted in the largest hotel strike in Southern California history ("Hotel Union Strike Ends, More Could Follow," July 5, 2023).

The union -- which represents some 35,000 employees -- is seeking an immediate $5 an hour raise for the workers, irregardless of their current salary, with an additional $3 an hour in subsequent years of the contract. They also are seeking improved health care and pension benefits.

On Monday, the Coordinated Bargaining Group for 44 of the 60 hotels in LA and Orange counties engaged in union negotiations said they "offered another two dates to the Union to resume bargaining despite intermittent strikes at Los Angeles-area Hotels.

"The Union did not give the Coordinated Bargaining Group a response," said Keith Grossman, the group's spokesperson . "Instead, they chose to strike.”

“UNITE HERE Local 11’s intransigence and unwillingness to meet is hurting our employees and continues to damage Los Angeles’ reputation with tourists,” Grossman said.

“It’s been clear from Day One that Local 11 only wanted to strike and was not focused on the interests of our employees or the City," he said. "We offered dates because we want to meet and make progress toward a contract settlement."

The new wave of strikes comes shortly after the bargaining group filed unfair labor practice charges against the union.

The charges contend the union violated the law by striking over claims unrelated to the employees' contracts, including a demand that the hotels agree to support an LA City ballot measure to house the homeless.

The union also is insisting that "the hotels impose a 7 percent tax on guests of unionized hotels" to create a housing fund for union workers ("Hotels File Unfair Labor Charges Against Workers Union," July 6, 2023).

The two sides also remain at a stalemate over the salary demands, with the bargaining group offering to increase the hourly wage by $2.50 the first year and $6.25 over 4 years.

That offer falls far short of the union's demand for an immediate $5 an hour wage increase, with an additional $3 an hour in subsequent years of the contract.

The bargaining group also insists the union is misrepresenting their offer when it comes to health care benefits and pension, which they say would be secured for the next four years.

Grossman has said the hotels "are fully prepared to continue to operate these hotels and to take care of our guests as long as this disruption lasts."

Back to Lookout News copyrightCopyright 1999-2023 All Rights Reserved. EMAIL Disclosures