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    Andaz Hotel West Hollywood Signs Tentative Agreements with UNITE HERE Local 11

    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

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    Natasha
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    20 days ago

    I’m glad to hear they settled. I hope the workers actually benefit not their corrupt union. Anyone running for city council with the support of this corrupt union will not get my vote.

    resident
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    Reply to  Natasha
    20 days ago

    I agree. Unite Here has done more to hurt the residents and taxpayers of West Hollywood than the hordes of homeless on our streets.

    Will
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    20 days ago

    Yes! Screw that corrupt union that just got its workers

    • 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

    These corrupt special interest groups have gone too far in ensuring our community members are treated with dignity and respect!!!!!!

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Will
    20 days ago

    Meanwhile that corrupt union spends union dues that these hard working people pay to the union to line the pockets of politicians. Every penny that this union donates to people running for political office needs to be accounted for. The people have a right to know where politicians are getting their money from and what they are promising in return for that money.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    20 days ago

    How are they corrupt?

    Natasha
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    19 days ago

    They take members dues and use their money on non-related political events without the consent of the members of the union. Most of those members do not live in West Hollywood so why is the union taking their dues and giving their hard earned money to politicians in West Hollywood? Those politicians had nothing to do with them reaching agreements with the various hotels. Union members should be able to determine where there membership dues get spent.

    Weho artist
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    19 days ago

    “on non-related political events” What events are you talking about? And how do you know they do this without consent? “so why is the union taking their dues and giving their hard earned money to politicians in West Hollywood?” Answer: Because West Hollywood has some of the most high profile hotels in the entire region. I’m really confused why you think it’s so inappropriate for unions to be involved in politics. It happens everywhere in this country. Workers want to be advocated for (via policy). I think you’re still bitter about the minimum wage. I remember all of your bitching… Read more »

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    19 days ago

    I’m not bitter about anything. The increase in the minimum wage doesn’t affect my business because it’s not in West Hollywood it’s in LA and because we never pay anyone minimum wage. My concern is for small and family run businesses in West Hollywood who are not huge companies like Accor (Sofitel) and Hyatt and other large hospitality companies. Those large companies can afford to pay better wages and provide better benefits to their employees but many smaller businesses cannot. Most businesses in WEHO are not large companies they are small businesses. You’ve never run a business with employees and… Read more »

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    Reply to  Natasha
    19 days ago

    Oh please. The WeHo chamber has been lining politician’s pockets and endorsing and electing candidates in West Hollywood for decades and no one has ever called them corrupt. It’s been business over residents. Profits over people. The hotel industry collected millions in COVID money and none of it trickled down to their employees. On the contrary. They used the pandemic as an excuse to lay people off and go back to basics. Over work and underpay their employees. Then this union comes along and beats the chamber at their own game to get their union members all the benefits listed… Read more »

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    Reply to  eyeroll
    19 days ago

    Business over residents?? That’s a joke. Most of these people do not even live in West Hollywood. Businesses only received millions of covid funds if they kept people on their payrolls. Most of the money came from the PPP program. “An SBA-backed loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.” My neighbor lost his restaurant during covid as did many other people. He ended up having to sell his house. I’m sick and tired of hearing people attack businesses like they are villains. Do you honestly think these businesses laid off people intentionally? Blame the city… Read more »

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