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.
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.
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.
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.