Faith leaders joined in solidarity with Holiday Inn LAX Hotel workers this Than
ksgiving season by speaking to Hotel Management and in joining worker Nico who has been recently released from work by the hotel unfairly. Nico and his coworkers have demanded change at LAX Holiday Inn which they contend has in the past denied them the living wage that is required of all hotels in the area. Workers have recently filed a lawsuit against the company, complaining that they had also been denied rest breaks mandated by law. Workers at Holiday Inn have stated that they have also had to buy cleaning materials without compensation as well. Faith leaders have urged Hotel management to take these allegations very seriously.
Faith leaders from local churches accompanied workers in solidarity during their two day action to protest working conditions at the hotel. During this time, faith leaders pratyed for change, marched in solidarity and listened to the experiences that workers shared about working conditions. Pastor Tom Eggebeen from Calvary Presbyterian Church said of the event and his time with the workers, “I’m humbled by their courage, and encouraged by their faith. Without knowing what the company will do to them, they bravely make their needs known and are willing to put their lives on the line to hold this company accountable. They deserve our utmost respect and support. Anything we can do- writing letters to the Holiday Inn LAX Hotel, standing with the workers, learning the issues and praying for justice-helps the cause. I’m so glad to be a very small part of this mighty big effort.”