June 23, 2011 - UNITE HERE Local 11 and the Anaheim Hilton hotel reached a tentative contract agreement this week that includes continued family healthcare and raises for the some 700 hotel workers.
“We are very happy to have settled such a great contract,” said Adrianna de Martinez, an Anaheim Hilton housekeeper. “We are grateful to management for understanding our needs and respecting us enough to agree to a deal that is fair for both sides.
In their bitter fight to bring down the Mouse, Disneyland Resort hotel workers have gotten a new loud-mouthed champion: Roseanne Barr.
The comedian/national-anthem-destroyer stars in a video produced by labor union UNITE HERE Local 11 that accuses Disney of "stealing from widows and orphans," and urges Academy Award members to not vote for Toy Story 3 as Best Picture of the Year (though it's probably a little late for that--the Oscars are on Sunday).
Disney employees filed a class-action lawsuit against the company claiming that employee identification cards expose them to identity-theft risk. A Disney official had yet to comment about the federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, as of 11:30 a.m.
The Walt Disney Co. issues ID cards that are encoded with Social Security numbers, which violates California law, according to the lawsuit. The codes can be read by most cellular phones, including the Apple iPhone and Android devices, according to employees.
Brown University in Providence, R.I., will stop investing new endowment funds in HEI Hotels Inc. amid questions about labor practices at two of the Norwalk-based company's properties.
The decision, which doesn't affect current investments, heeds a recommendation by Brown's committee on investment ethics following concerns raised by a student group after the company fired an employee who was also a union leader.
"Brown's Student Labor Alliance appreciates the university's decision and hopes HEI will start respecting workers' rights," said Haley Kossek, a member of Student Labor Alliance. "We also appreciate the school's leadership and hope that other schools that invest in HEI will follow Brown's example."