he Hyatt Andaz Hotel, at 8401 Sunset Boulevard, is among five additional hotels to sign a tentative agreement with UNITE HERE Local 11. Other hotels include the Sofitel, Hyatt Shay in Culver City, Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach, and Hyatt Andaz in West Hollywood. Hundreds of hotel workers have won tentative agreements in the largest hotel strike in U.S. history. Workers have struck more than 130 times since contracts expired last July.
“Once the contract is ratified, the workers will enjoy the same extraordinary standard achieved in the previous tentative agreements” reads a press release from UNITE HERE.
Those agreements include:
Unprecedented wage increases that keep pace with the soaring cost of housing
Affordable, excellent family healthcare
Humane workloads and safe staffing
Improved pension increases so that workers can retire with dignity
Language improvements, including Equal Justice language that, among other things, will help to provide access to union jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals and unprecedented protections for immigrant workers
Thirty-four hotels have reached tentative agreements with UNITE HERE Local 11. Among them is 1 Hotel West Hollywood, which joined the Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica and 24 other hotels to sign standard-setting tentative agreements with UNITE HERE Local 11 in January.
Private-equity owned Aimbridge Hospitality (Hyatt Regency LAX, Holiday Inn LAX, Doubletree DTLA, Hampton Inn Santa Monica, Courtyard Santa Monica, Sheraton Park Anaheim) continues to resist their workers’ demands. Workers have called a boycott – Shamebridge – which has resulted in Aimbridge losing operating contracts at two LA hotels.
“My coworkers and I stuck together until we won what we deserved. We will keep fighting alongside our sisters and brothers at the Hotel Maya, Hyatt Regency LAX and others until they win too!” said Morena Hernandez, housekeeper at the Hyatt Andaz in West Hollywood.
“We applaud Hyatt and Sofitel for recognizing that their workers are essential to their success,” said Kurt Petersen, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11. “Our members have never once faltered in this fight to win a wage that allows them to live near where they work. They have overcome intimidation, violence, and nothing will stop them until all hotels – including those run by private equity behemoths – sign this agreement.”
UNITE HERE Local 11 is a labor union representing more than 32,000 hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona that work in hotels, restaurants, universities, convention centers and airports