Starting in 2004, CLUE-LA expanded its work to include the south bay areas of Los Angeles and Long Beach. A key economic player in Southern California, the trucking industry at the Port pollutes the skies at record levels and has been labeled a “sweatshop on wheels”. Standing with impoverished truck drivers and asthmatic residents, faith leaders have called public officials and private industry to account for such dangerous conditions. Faith leaders and drivers have testified at public hearings, met with congressional leaders and written letters to private companies urging them to provide justice to the communities they serve.
In 2009, CLUE solidified its presence in the South Bay by supporting hotel workers at the Long Beach Hilton and Hyatt. Workers at the Hilton have asked for the community to boycott their hotel and CLUE is committed to respecting this \boycott. Meanwhile, workers at the Hyatt face similar conditions to their colleagues in Boston in terms of injury and consistent union busting practices.
Finally workers and faith leaders came together to bring the “Hope for Housekeepers” quilt to area congregations. Designed by workers and communities in 7 cities across America with worker stories, CLUE South Bay has hosted the quilt as a visible representation of the hope and respect all workers want to one day see in Long Beach.