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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1998
Workers from the Summit Hotel in Beverly Hills took their employment grievances to one of the nation's most famous streets Wednesday, setting up a picket on Rodeo Drive to protest what they say are unfair labor practices. Joined by the Jewish Labor Committee and fellow workers from Local 11 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, the workers complained that when a new owner took over more than two years ago, conditions became unbearable for workers--especially union activists.
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August 15, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Several labor groups are seeking to use the media spotlight brought to Los Angeles by the Democratic National Convention this week to shed light on their own contentious contract disputes. The union representing 40,000 Los Angeles County workers promises a peaceful march and rally at Staples Center today before members gather at a nearby union hall to take a strike vote.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1994
Hundreds of tourism workers, community activists and union organizers staged protests Downtown on Thursday to denounce what they call exploitative conditions at Los Angeles-area hotels and restaurants. Directing actions was Local 11 of the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Union, which is engaged in a high-profile campaign to organize area tourism workers, mostly immigrants from Mexico and Central America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2000 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a sometimes tense dress rehearsal for the kind of confrontations that may occur during the upcoming Democratic National Convention, about 400 union workers faced off against riot police Thursday during a protest march in downtown Los Angeles. The march, organized by the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union Local 11 to protest conditions at the nonunion New Otani Hotel, drew about 200 Los Angeles police officers to the hotel at 1st and Los Angeles streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Escalating a four-year labor dispute, Southern California rabbis today will urge a halt to Jewish donations to USC as they link the hardship of university workers with their own sacred fast day dedicated to commemorating community suffering and loss. The action, aimed at obtaining job security for USC food and housing workers, comes on the fast day of Tisha b'Av. The day of mourning marks the ancient destruction of the two Jerusalem temples and the long history of other Jewish calamities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1995 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Downtown Los Angeles Hilton & Towers will get a new name Feb. 1 when its South Korean owner begins managing the facility, but the same workers who have cleaned rooms, made beds and waited on tables will continue to provide those services. "What a relief!" said Carla Chavez, a waitress at the facility and mother of a college-bound son. She has been worried since she was notified in October about the management change. "Now I can relax and concentrate on my son's college applications."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1987 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
After years of internal racial strife and amid charges of election fraud, Southern California's largest hotel workers union local has been taken over by its parent international union. The Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union installed Herman (Blackie) Leavitt, former regional director of the union in Los Angeles, as trustee of Local 11, which has about 13,500 active members.
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May 1, 1991 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It began as one of the more genteel labor disputes this fractious city has witnessed. Many striking doormen, porters, elevator operators and handymen were even treated to coffee and sweet rolls by apartment dwellers who were often their employers. "We're all in this together," became the credo among the inconvenienced residents of the 1,500 struck buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1998
The general manager of the city's only unionized hotel challenged union organizers this week to hold a new decertification vote on the anniversary of a disputed election in which employees narrowly voted to oust the union as their bargaining representative. In a letter sent to Local 814 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, Miramar Sheraton General Manager William Worcester criticized union officials for filing objections to the decertification vote held last Oct. 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 70 students and members of the clergy marched onto the USC campus Wednesday in support of unionized food service and housing workers there, claiming that the school's bargaining posture shows a lack of commitment to surrounding communities. Organizers focused their protest on the university's failure to sign a contract with a job-security clause for about 340 workers, most of whom are Latino or black and live near the campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Workers from Santa Monica's luxury beach hotels bolstered their campaign of protests Wednesday against a hotel-led ballot measure that they say would strip the city's power to boost their minimum pay to a living wage. Scores of protesters carried noisemakers and signs and marched through Santa Monica chanting "We need a living wage, not a minimum wage!" They surprised shoppers at the farmers market and slowed morning traffic as they marched to the beachfront hotels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case held up by their attorneys as emblematic of pervasive exploitation in the service industry, eight former employees of a Koreatown restaurant filed a lawsuit Wednesday, alleging they had been subjected to long hours and poor working conditions while earning sub-minimum wages. Lawyers for the plaintiffs stressed that the complaint is not unique but rather just one instance of the widespread mistreatment of low-wage immigrant service workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1999 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Protesting the University of Southern California's refusal to guarantee job security for workers, 25 demonstrators, including two clergy members, were arrested Tuesday for blocking a campus intersection to conduct a prayer service, police said. The arrests followed a protest rally by about 500 workers and 20 religious leaders of different denominations in support of USC food service and housing workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Escalating a four-year labor dispute, Southern California rabbis today will urge a halt to Jewish donations to USC as they link the hardship of university workers with their own sacred fast day dedicated to commemorating community suffering and loss. The action, aimed at obtaining job security for USC food and housing workers, comes on the fast day of Tisha b'Av. The day of mourning marks the ancient destruction of the two Jerusalem temples and the long history of other Jewish calamities.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the urging of a federal mediator, Disneyland and labor unions representing 3,400 employees have extended contract negotiations through Saturday. A three-year contract, scheduled to expire today, was extended after a heated bargaining session Friday. Disneyland spokesman Ray Gomez said bargaining will continue through this week, with a vote on the company's proposal scheduled for Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1998
The general manager of the city's only unionized hotel challenged union organizers this week to hold a new decertification vote on the anniversary of a disputed election in which employees narrowly voted to oust the union as their bargaining representative. In a letter sent to Local 814 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, Miramar Sheraton General Manager William Worcester criticized union officials for filing objections to the decertification vote held last Oct. 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1994 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A union representing Los Angeles-area hotel and restaurant workers launched a high-profile organizing campaign Wednesday, marching through Downtown streets and taking their demands for better wages and working conditions to city officials and tourism representatives.
NEWS
August 15, 1993
Thirty-eight members of a hotel and restaurant employees union were arrested for trespassing Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where they briefly camped out to protest a lingering contract dispute with the center's food concessionaire. Singing and blowing whistles, members of the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Union Local 11 staged a sit-in at the convention center's Galaxy Restaurant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 70 students and members of the clergy marched onto the USC campus Wednesday in support of unionized food service and housing workers there, claiming that the school's bargaining posture shows a lack of commitment to surrounding communities. Organizers focused their protest on the university's failure to sign a contract with a job-security clause for about 340 workers, most of whom are Latino or black and live near the campus.
BUSINESS
August 26, 1998 | E. Scott Reckard
Remember the Disney character actors picketing Disneyland Paris earlier this summer? Or for that matter the bitter 22-day strike at the original Magic Kingdom in Anaheim in 1984? Sources in the unions that represent 3,400 ride operators, store clerks, ticket takers, janitors and other Disneyland workers say they are hopeful such scenes will be avoided here as three-year labor contracts run out.
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