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NBC: Former Hotel Bel-Air Employees Laid Off Print E-mail
Written by Leigh Shelton   

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LAT: Disneyland workers answer to 'electronic whip' Print E-mail
Written by Leigh Shelton   

DisneyUnfaithful_SmallBy Steve Lopez

In the basements of the Disneyland and Paradise Pier hotels in Anaheim, big flat-screen monitors hang from the walls in rooms where uniformed crews do laundry. The monitors are like scoreboards, with employees' work speeds compared to one another. Workers are listed by name, so their colleagues can see who is quickest at loading pillow cases, sheets and other items into a laundry machine.

It should come as no surprise that at the happiest place on Earth, not all the employees are smiling.

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Hyatt Workers are on Strike! Print E-mail
Written by Leigh Shelton   
Philipino_striker_In an emblematic fight over the direction of our economy, today thousands of Hyatt hotel workers in four cities nationwide--West Hollywood, Chicago, San Francisco, and Honolulu—have launched week-long strikes, starting Thursday, Sept. 8. By striking, workers are standing up for decent jobs for themselves and their families, but they are also fighting for the right to take a stand against an abusive employer that is destroying good jobs in their North American hotels.

Hyatt has singled itself out as the worst employer in the hotel industry. Hyatt has replaced career housekeepers with minimum wage temporary workers and imposed dangerous workloads on those housekeepers who remain. In July, Hyatt turned heat lamps on striking workers in Chicago during a brutal heat wave. In Boston, Hyatt fired its entire housekeeping staff at three non-union hotels, replacing women who had worked at Hyatt for decades with temporary workers earning minimum wage.

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LBPost: Noontime Rally for "Whistleblowers" Fired by Hilton Print E-mail
Written by Leigh Shelton   
WhistleBlowerHEISqBy Greggory Moore

Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community is staging a rally today in front of the Hilton Long Beach to protest the April 20 firing of five employees who were participating in a state investigation into whether HEI Hotels & Resorts has been in violation of various tax and labor codes concerning the women's employment at the Hilton Long Beach.

According to the Coalition and to Leigh Shelton of UNITE HERE Local 11, despite doing the same work as other housekeepers at the hotel, the "Hilton 5" were paid via an intermediary agency that provided them with lower wages, no benefits, erratic schedules, and inequitable job demands.

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OC Register: Hotel union stages demonstration in Irvine Print E-mail
HEI_fitted_sheetsBy Eugene Fields

About 50 housekeepers and union supporters staged a demonstration Thursday morning at the Irvine Embassy Suites hotel in support of a state Assembly bill that – if passed – would require hotels to use fitted sheets and provide mops to housekeepers.

Unite Here Local 11, which has about 2,100 members that work at Disney-owned  Paradise Pier Hotel, Grand California Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel, sponsored the demonstration.

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