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.”
Claremont (April 30, 2013) – Pomona College Dining Hall workers voted in favor of joining UNITE HERE Local 11 on Tuesday. A group of workers, joined by student and faculty allies, erupted in emotional applause as the results were read. The victory closes a long chapter in the workers’ struggle to gain union representation, which publicly began when they announced their intention to form a union in March 2010.
What: Announcement of extensive Latino-to-Latino voter outreach program on behalf of Wendy Greuel for Mayor of Los Angeles
Where: LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, 2130 W. James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006
When: Thursday, April 11 at 5 PM (MEDIA INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE BEFORE 5 PM -- contact Leigh Shelton)
Who: Hotel workers from UNITE HERE Local 11 (Spanish & English-speaking housekeepers, cooks, bellman, etc.) Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of LA Labor Councilmember Jose Huizar Ada Briceño, Secretary-Treasurer, UNITE HERE Local 11
Visuals: Housekeepers ironing the new "la Wendy" logo on t-shirts, Volunteers making phone calls, IBEW BBQ
LOS ANGELES – Hotel worker volunteers will announce Thursday a major effort on behalf of private and public sector unions to urge 170,000 registered Latino voters to support Wendy Greuel for mayor of Los Angeles. Latino leaders will lay out an extensive plan to recruit volunteers, knock on doors and organize community events in the ramp up to the May 21 mayor's race.Along with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, more than two dozen private and public sector unions have endorsed Greuel in her bid to head America's second largest city. They include UNITE HERE Local 11, the union representing 20,000 hotel and food service workers in Southern California, Teamsters Local 911, Teamsters Local 399, SEIU United Long Term Care Workers' Union and more.
"Wendy is a tough, working woman just like me," said Victoria Vergara, a long-time Bonaventure Hotel housekeeper, who was featured in a 2009 LA Times column about her political activism. "Not only am I going to walk neighborhoods in East LA for Wendy, I am going to convince all my co-workers at the Bonaventure to volunteer for her too."
Contact: Leigh Shelton 323-533-3864 or
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.
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.