LOS ANGELES -- This Thursday, July 21, Hyatt housekeepers nationwide are stepping out of the shadows to demand an end to the abuses they face at work. 600 housekeepers and other members of UNITE HERE will fill Sunset Blvd. outside of the Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood.
Hyatt has eliminated jobs, replaced career housekeepers with minimum wage temporary workers, and imposed dangerous workloads on those housekeepers who remain. Now housekeepers across the U.S. are standing up and speaking out, saying, “We will no longer suffer in silence.” Housekeepers and allies are preparing to take arrest in acts of civil disobedience.
Hotel housekeepers are the invisible backbone of the hotel industry. The grittier aspects of their jobs—the work of scrubbing toilets, changing sheets, and encountering guests alone behind closed doors—are the hidden foundation on which an atmosphere of luxury and comfort are built. Through UNITE HERE, the union representing hotel and other hospitality workers across North America, housekeepers are stepping forward and breaking the silence on the many dangers they face at work.
SAN FRANCISCO - As the University of California Regents vote on another tuition hike this Thursday, students dressed in Disney costumes protested, condemning higher education cuts and tuition hikes while corporations like Disney win generous tax breaks.
Students targeted their protest at media CEO Monica Lozano, who is the publisher of La Opinion newspaper and a University of California Regent. As a UC Regent, Lozano has approved seven recent tuition hikes, while simultaneously serving on the corporate board of Disney, which last year won millions in potential tax breaks. One such tax break, an Enterprise Zone distinction in Anaheim, could bring Disney more than $1 million in tax savings just by hiring 100 employees throughout the year, including student summer hires.
“This Fall, I won’t be attending my dream school, UC Santa Cruz, because my family cannot afford the out-of-control tuition,” said Giselle Armendariz, a Cal Poly Pomona freshman, who will live at home and commute to college. “It’s time for Monica Lozano to stop serving corporations, and start standing up for the people.”
LOS ANGELES – As University of California Regents prepare to vote for another tuition hike next week, students and workers gathered July 8, to protest drastic higher education cuts, while corporations like Disney win generous tax breaks.
Students and workers targeted their protest at media CEO Monica Lozano, who is the publisher of La Opinion newspaper and a University of California Regent. As a UC Regent, Lozano has approved seven recent tuition hikes, while simultaneously serving on the Disney corporate board, which last year won millions in potential tax breaks.
July 4, 2011 - The Bee's June 24 editorial against Senate Bill 432 ("Two bills lawmakers shouldn't even touch") treats my daily struggles as a joke. But I can tell you the physical toll of cleaning thousands of hotel rooms year after year is not funny. I don't understand why The Bee would laugh at the burdens of those who lift heavy mattresses and clean bathrooms on our hands and knees. My knees have resembled those of an NFL player more than a middle-aged woman.
June 29, 2011 – After a three-hour strike, the Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel workers returned to work Wednesday, having persuaded the company to turn over the nearly $3,000 of worker healthcare deductions due to the health insurance administrator.
The Sportsmen’s Lodge hotel put its workers’ healthcare in jeopardy by failing to turn over the workers’ healthcare deductions to the workers’ health fund administrator.