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Victory at Holiday Inn LAX!



Almost a year ago, CLUE-LA clergy stood with workers outside the Holiday Inn LAX praying for fairness in the Advent season. Now, we give thanksgiving early for the workers’ victory at the Holiday Inn! Our friends at UNITE HERE Local 11 shared this news with us over the  weekend:

Employees at the Holiday Inn LAX will get their chance to negotiate a first union contract, nearly one year after calling for the right to a fair process to organize. After a change in ownership two weeks ago, the hotel will become the latest property in the Century Boulevard Corridor near LAX where workers are members of UNITE HERE Local 11.

The new owner of the 405-room hotel, CIM Group, is a leading real estate and infrastructure investment firm.

“I was with the Holiday Inn workers when they first told management they wanted a voice on the job,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin, who’s 11th District includes Century Boulevard.  ”I’ve seen firsthand their drive and determination to make this happen, and I’m proud that the hotel owners have responded by treating the workers with respect.”

Community activists, politicians and members of the clergy have supported the more than 100 housekeepers, engineers, servers and bartenders throughout their bid to be represented by UNITE HERE at the bargaining table.

The workers and the community have ended their boycott of the property.

“This is a dream come true,” said Susana Garcia, a phone operator at the Holiday Inn LAX. “We’ve worked so hard to get here. This shows me that the hotel owner really cares about us and our ability to provide excellent service to the guests.”

UNITE HERE is eager to open negotiations with the new owner and hope to reach an agreement soon.

More images from the decision and celebration are available here.

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