Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times by Hugo Martin on August 10, 2017.
A labor union for hotel workers has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the Chinese owner of a popular Santa Monica hotel of failing to provide information about a potential condominium conversion at the property.
Unite Here, the union for hotel workers, said the group requested information about the new owner of the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel because its members worry that a conversion to condominiums would put 250 hotel employees out of work.
Unite Here said it made the request in May from the new owner, Anbang Insurance Group, and three of its affiliates, seeking information about the owner’s finances, hotel management agreements and potential conversion plans. The group said it has yet to get a response. …