Charges Against Four Points Sheraton LAX
Union Alleges Hotel Management Used Coercion, Intimidation
and Harassment to Discourage Worker Organizing Efforts
|LOS ANGELES - March 21, 2006 -- Workers went public with a union organizing
drive earlier this year at three hotels on Century Boulevard, including
the Four Points Sheraton LAX. As part of this organizing campaign, community
members have joined workers in marches and picket lines outside the hotel.
UNITE HERE Local 11 alleges that in response to worker organizing efforts, the hotel is conducting an anti-union campaign that includes coercion and harassment in an attempt to intimidate workers and cause them to abandon their union organizing efforts. The Union filed the National Labor Relations Board charges on Friday, March 10, in response to these tactics.
Many employees of the Four Points Sheraton LAX have to work more than one job to make ends meet and cannot afford to pay for the health insurance the hotel offers its employees. "We are organizing a union at the Four Points because we have had enough of the poverty wages that this company pays. Many of us have to work two jobs just to make ends meet," said Graciela Gomez, a housekeeper at the Four Points Sheraton LAX.
The charges filed with the National Labor Board allege that the hotel coerced, restrained and interfered with employees in the exercise of their rights to organize a union under the National Labor Relations Act. The charges against the hotel included allegations that hotel management interrogated workers about their union involvement, threatened to call the police on union supporters, threatened to fire workers who are involved with the union, and suspended a union activist.
"The owners and operators of this hotel think that they can scare us away from organizing a union. But we are going to remain strong and never give up until we achieve the dignity and respect we deserve," said Sylvia Ramos, a PBX Operator at the Four Points Sheraton LAX.
UNITE HERE Local 11
|Also See:||Labor Wars: A Hotel Survival Guide - Watch Out For Neutrality Agreements / Marta M. Fernandez / September 2005|
|UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm Hints at Nationwide Hotel Workers Strike; Labor Contracts at 200 Hotels in Six Cities Expiring this Year / January 2006|