New Westin Owner Recognizes Hotel Employee Union, Report Says

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The new owner of the Westin Long Beach Hotel has recognized an employee union, ending years of dispute. The formal announcement is scheduled to be made Friday. In this 2015 file photo, Rosa Casarrubias, restaurant server at the hotel, speaks to Unite Here members and Westin employees outside the hotel. (File photo by Thomas Cordova/Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Reprinted from The Long Beach Press-Telegram by David Downey on September 7, 2017. 

The new owner of the iconic Westin Long Beach Hotel, scene of multiple labor protests and picket lines, has extended union recognition to the hotel’s workers, according to a news release issued Thursday.

And the workers are poised to begin negotiations with management concerning pay, benefits and working conditions, a release from the office of Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce stated.

The development is the culmination of a very visible labor dispute in recent years that was marked by protests, calls for a boycott and a lawsuit alleging poor working conditions.

Unite Here Local 11, which represents more than 25,000 hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona, began seeking to unionize the staff in February 2015. …

Long Beach Press-Telegram 9/7

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