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IN THESE TIMES: Campus Groups Back HEI Hotel Workers' Rights
Written by Leigh Shelton   

Argelia_SquareBy David Moberg

December 16, 2011 - Occupy Harvard students met last week with top university officials—on neutral territory, but following Occupy rules for participation—and presented a list of their demands. At the top of the list, they wanted Harvard to stop investing in HEI Hospitality.

Who or what is HEI? you might ask. And why would more than 1,000 Harvard students and faculty care about the university's involvement with it? 

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LA Times: Workers strike at private downtown club over wage freeze
Written by Leigh Shelton   

Calif_Club_SmBy Abby Sewell 

Workers at an exclusive private business club in downtown Los Angeles walked off the job Thursday in protest of management's demands for a six-month wage freeze.

About 150 California Club employees were planning to join in the strike.

The California Club, founded in 1887, is one of the bastions of Los Angeles' old-school elite. Its members over the years have included such powerbrokers as Gaylord Wilshire, William Mulholland, Norman Chandler and Richard J. Riordan.

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OC Register: Hotel owned by union pensions fined for labor violations

EmbassyBLDG_SquareBy Brian Martinez

IRVINE – An Embassy Suites hotel in Irvine that's owned by a public-employee pension investment fund is accused of exploiting low-wage workers and retaliating against workers who promote collective bargaining.

The investors are Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, Wisconsin State Investment Board, San Diego City Employees Retirement Association and Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois.

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MSNBC: Iconic Hotel Bel-Air Reopening Print E-mail
Written by Leigh Shelton   

SultanSwan_SquareBy Chris Rodell

The Hotel Bel-Air, a favorite of the rich and famous for more than half a century, is reopening Oct. 14 after a two-year renovation.

“This has since 1946 been an exclusive Hollywood retreat where celebrities come to escape,” said hotel spokeswoman Alisha Mahon. “It’s a truly intimate hideaway with Beverly Hills, Century City and Rodeo Drive still just minutes away.

But while celebrities may soon be a regular sight again at the 12-acre Los Angeles property, many of the union workers who once made the beds, washed the towels, ironed the wedding dresses and carried room-service trays will be missing.

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

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