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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."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1995
Union employees at the Downtown Los Angeles Hilton & Towers have won assurances that they will be able to keep their jobs even if the management of the hotel changes hands, as expected, Jan. 31, labor officials announced. The agreement resolves a dispute between almost 600 union-represented workers at the landmark hotel and the South Korean company that owns the facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1994 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police arrested 37 demonstrators Thursday during a union-organized act of civil disobedience designed to dramatize the plight of about 550 hotel workers facing loss of their jobs because of an impending management change at the Los Angeles Hilton and Towers complex. "What would we do without our work?" asked Guadalupe Garcia, a widowed, 41-year-old mother of three and longtime housekeeper who was among those taken into custody in Downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1994 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A coalition of Korean American organizations has come to the aid of union workers, predominantly Latinos, who could lose their jobs if the owner of the Downtown Los Angeles Hilton & Towers changes management firms. The coalition is exerting pressure on the South Korean owner of the hotel not only because "it is the morally correct thing to do, but because (the company's) decision can have a negative impact on the local Korean American community," said Paul S.
BUSINESS
October 25, 1994 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relenting to union pressure as it enters the final week of contract negotiations, Disneyland has withdrawn its previous plan to subcontract cafeteria-service work. The Anaheim amusement park's management pulled back after Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union Local 681 waged a publicity campaign that began during the summer and threatened a boycott, saying the subcontracting would cost its members 100 good-paying jobs to a food vendor bringing its own crew of minimum-wage workers.
BUSINESS
August 19, 1994 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The union that represents more than 700 food service workers at Disneyland, signaling acrimonious labor negotiations ahead, has mounted a campaign against what it says are company plans to subcontract out work. Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union Local 681 has sent letters of appeal to state officials and distributed leaflets at the park, saying Disneyland has decided to farm out service work in the employees' cafeteria. Such a move, the union says, would cost its members 100 jobs.
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
June 9, 1994 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Averting a divisive battle just as thousands of visitors are arriving for the World Cup soccer tournament, management of a major Koreatown hotel has unexpectedly agreed to a new four-year contract with unionized workers. Labor leaders called last week's contract signing at the Radisson Wilshire Plaza a major victory in their aggressive push to organize low-wage, mostly Latino immigrant hotel employees throughout the Los Angeles area.
NEWS
May 28, 1994 | Associated Press
Hotel workers went on strike Friday in a dispute over tips, disrupting the vacations of thousands of tourists. Hotel employees in the Bermuda Industrial Union voted Thursday in favor of the strike. Bellboys, restaurant staff, maids and all other types of workers began forming picket lines at 5:30 a.m. Friday. Union President Ottiwell Simmons said 3,000 workers from all 19 of the island's major hotels would be on strike until their demands are met.
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.
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