Workers and OCCUPY LA protest Hotel Bel-Air's refusal to back 100+ staff
October 17, 2011
Hundreds of hotel workers and OCCUPY LA participants, joined by UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm and many other members and officers of UNITE HERE, protested the Hotel Bel-Air's bad "1% behavior" on Friday, Oct 14, the hotel's grand re-opening weekend. The hotel does not have a contract with UNITE HERE Local 11. The Hotel Bel-Air shut down for renovation in 2009, laying off 250 union workers, and refused to guarantee the workers the right to come back to work when the hotel re-opened. More than 100 former Bel-Air workers re-applied for their jobs and only a small fraction were brought back to work.
Workers picketed the hotel, then marched through the famous Bel-Air neighborhood, ending with a rally on Sunset Blvd.
Check out Local 11's pictures of the protest on Facebook. (Photo by Andrew Kenower.)