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September 14, 2004 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The room-service waiter's eyes watered as he gave his union the authority Monday to strike against nine Los Angeles County hotels. But Miguel Vasquez Jr. said it was more from fatigue than emotion. There was never a question of how he would vote, he said, just a question of when. He had to squeeze it in during a 45-minute break between one eight-hour shift at the Hyatt Regency in downtown L.A. and another eight-hour shift at the nearby Wilshire Grand.
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February 8, 2008 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Contract negotiations are seldom easy, but this could be a new low. Talks between Disney and one of the resort's biggest unions are stalled for an unlikely reason: The parties have spent two months trying to agree on a meeting place. Union leaders believe that rancor over a dispute about housing for workers in the Anaheim Resort District has spilled into talks between Walt Disney Co. and employees at three Disney hotels.
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October 10, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Hilton Hotels Corp. said it had reached a tentative agreement with the Unite Here union on a new contract covering 1,550 employees at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa. The vote by union members at the resort, the biggest in Hawaii, is expected this week. Shares of Beverly Hills-based Hilton rose 20 cents to $28.92.
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November 15, 2007 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
In what may be the first action of its kind, California workplace safety regulators have charged that the duties performed by housekeepers at a hotel -- scrubbing, bed making, vacuuming -- violate the state's repetitive-motion rules. A citation issued late last month by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health identified eight infractions at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel.
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May 17, 2005 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
Eight prominent Los Angeles-area hotels Monday sweetened their labor contract offer, but a union official said workers would probably reject the deal because of its expiration date. The hotels said they offered a $2.50 hourly raise over four years and a $1,000 signing bonus to full-time workers who don't collect tips. That would apply mainly to housekeepers, the largest group in the union local.
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September 28, 2004 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Hotel groups in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, mired in protracted contract disputes with the hotel workers union, each filed complaints last week alleging that the union has not bargained in good faith. The complaints contend that the Unite Here union has not seriously considered the hotels' "fair, reasonable and equitable" contract offers. Instead, the complaints said, the union has insisted on two-year deals that would expire along with pacts in other U.S.
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February 17, 2006 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles area hotel workers rallied with celebrities and politicians Thursday to set the stage for potentially contentious contract negotiations across the country later this year. The negotiations will be a test of the Unite Here union's aggressive strategy that got local contracts in Los Angeles and several other cities to expire this year. That gave the union leverage with national chains such as Hilton Hotels Corp. and Marriott International.
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September 30, 2004 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Union workers walked off the job at four prominent San Francisco hotels early Wednesday morning, but the move did not trigger a multi-city strike as union locals in Los Angeles and Washington said they had no immediate plans to join the action. The strike by 1,400 union members, whose picket line chanting roused some hotel guests from their sleep, was the most aggressive step taken yet by the Unite Here union in this year's protracted contract disputes.
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November 15, 2007 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
In what may be the first action of its kind, California workplace safety regulators have charged that the duties performed by housekeepers at a hotel -- scrubbing, bed making, vacuuming -- violate the state's repetitive-motion rules. A citation issued late last month by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health identified eight infractions at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel.
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October 2, 2004 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Ten San Francisco hotels locked out their union workers Friday, retaliating after the union struck four other hotels in their bargaining group two days earlier. The 14 mostly upscale hotels, accounting for nearly one-fourth of the city's guest accommodations, quickly replaced locked-out employees with new hires, managers and other employees in an attempt to operate as normally as possible. Some offered free meals to stem cancellations and early checkouts.
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July 6, 2007 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
On some days, Christine Hsu scarcely sees the city whose political and labor leadership her family has up in arms. Instead, she stays inside the Hilton Los Angeles Airport, the hotel her father bought, the hotel his company still owns, the hotel where she and her brother live for weeks at a time, 15 floors above Century Boulevard. The Hilton, with more than 1,200 rooms, is the second-largest hotel in Los Angeles County.
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May 10, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel suspended 25 workers after they refused to remove buttons bearing the name of the union engaged in a bitter organizing campaign at the hotel, workers and union officials said. Hotel managers did not return a phone call seeking comment. The Westin and other nonunion hotels near LAX have been the targets of an organizing campaign by Unite Here, an international union representing hotel workers, for more than a year.
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October 10, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Hilton Hotels Corp. said it had reached a tentative agreement with the Unite Here union on a new contract covering 1,550 employees at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa. The vote by union members at the resort, the biggest in Hawaii, is expected this week. Shares of Beverly Hills-based Hilton rose 20 cents to $28.92.
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September 29, 2006 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
About 300 people protesting the treatment of immigrant workers by hotels near Los Angeles International Airport were arrested Thursday night during two coordinated sit-ins in the middle of Century Boulevard east of the airport. The arrests, which were planned in recent weeks with the cooperation of the Los Angeles Police Department, came after a short march of more than 2,000 people that closed Century Boulevard for three hours.
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September 28, 2006 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
Four hundred people will be arrested early this evening for blocking Century Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport, in what could prove to be one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in the city's history. At least that's how the script reads. For much of this year, the national hotel workers union, labor leaders and immigrant groups have been planning today's protest.
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August 29, 2006 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Hotel workers at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport -- the second-largest hotel in the county -- were blocked from the premises on days off, given reduced hours, put under surveillance and punished for participating in a union organizing drive, according to a complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board. The complaint alleges 40 violations of the National Labor Relations Act.
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September 28, 2006 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
Four hundred people will be arrested early this evening for blocking Century Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport, in what could prove to be one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in the city's history. At least that's how the script reads. For much of this year, the national hotel workers union, labor leaders and immigrant groups have been planning today's protest.
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May 10, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel suspended 25 workers after they refused to remove buttons bearing the name of the union engaged in a bitter organizing campaign at the hotel, workers and union officials said. Hotel managers did not return a phone call seeking comment. The Westin and other nonunion hotels near LAX have been the targets of an organizing campaign by Unite Here, an international union representing hotel workers, for more than a year.
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February 17, 2006 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles area hotel workers rallied with celebrities and politicians Thursday to set the stage for potentially contentious contract negotiations across the country later this year. The negotiations will be a test of the Unite Here union's aggressive strategy that got local contracts in Los Angeles and several other cities to expire this year. That gave the union leverage with national chains such as Hilton Hotels Corp. and Marriott International.
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September 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
Leaders from unions that broke away from the AFL-CIO pledged Tuesday to organize Wal-Mart Stores Inc. workers and reach out to those who lost their jobs because of Hurricane Katrina. The Change to Win Coalition met for its founding convention in St. Louis. In between official business -- adopting a new constitution and electing leaders of the new federation -- the event resembled a rally for the 460 delegates. Teamsters President James P.
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