UNITE HERE Launches Student Film Contest on Immigration
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
UNITE HERE and the LA County Federation of Labor are accepting enteries for Cortos y Fuertes, aka Short and Strong, a film competition for young people about the immigrants in their lives.
Students are encouraged to submit films no more than three minutes long. Submissions are due by August 16, 2013. Each film will be judged within one of the three age categories: 18 years old and over, 13-17 years old, and 13 years old and under.
Pomona College dining hall workers vote to unionize
By Carla Rivera, LA Times, May 1, 2013
Dining hall workers at Pomona College have voted to unionize, culminating a three-year campaign that thrust the small liberal arts college into controversy over immigration policy and labor rights.
In the election Tuesday, 83 members of the dining hall staff cast ballots, voting 57 to 26 to join UNITE HERE, Local 11, a union that represents about 20,000 hospitality and food service workers in Southern California.
“I feel very happy we made it,” said Benny Avina, 46, a catering chef who has worked at the college for 27 years, starting as a dishwasher. “We need job security and respect — it’s not about money. We’re doing this for the good of workers, students and also for the college; it’s going to be better for everyone in the community.”
Honda Center Workers Ask Ducks Fans to Help Save Their Jobs
Anaheim(April 10, 2013) – Hundreds of food stand workers employed at the Anaheim Honda Center asked hockey fans to sign petitions to save their jobs on Wednesday, as the fans arrived to watch the Ducks battle the Edmonton Oilers. Anaheim Arena Management, the company which owns the Ducks and runs the arena, will also take over operation of concession stands when Aramark’s contract with the Honda Center expires in June.
Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Hyatt The Pike Long Beach Associates Vote for Representation by UNITE HERE
Long Beach, Calif. (April 8, 2013) – Hyatt hotels in Long Beach, UNITE HERE Local 11, and Long Beach City Councilwoman, the Honorable Dr. Suja Lowenthal, today announced that associates at Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Hyatt The Pike Long Beach have elected to be represented by UNITE HERE Local 11.
All Hyatt associates who will be represented by UNITE HERE Local 11 in Long Beach were eligible to vote in the election, which was supervised by an independent election judge. The election judge verified the results last week, noting that a majority of Hyatt associates who were eligible to vote chose to have UNITE HERE represent them. Hyatt associates were notified last week of the election results.
Penny and Me: UNITE HERE Campaigns for Housekeeper To Join Hyatt’s Board
By David Moberg, In These Times, March 22, 2013
In Michael Moore’s highly praised 1989 documentary,Roger & Me, General Motors CEO Roger Smith famously refused to meet the filmmaker, who wanted to discuss the company’s role in destroying his home town of Flint, Mich.
Anaheim Arena Management, the company that operates the Honda Center and owns the Anaheim Ducks, plans to take over the operation of the stadium's food concessions from Aramark. But they haven’t assured the Honda Center workers that they will be able to keep their jobs.
The Honda Center employees work hard, and our jobs help us provide our families with stability in a tough economy. You can help by sending a message to the owners of the Ducks that you support the workers.