In this file photo, union workers with Local 11 of Unite Here rally in support of two employees at Terranea Resort who filed a class-action lawsuit last year alleging the resort’s parent company failed to pay its workers for time on the job and violated other work and wage regulations. (Cynthia Washicko/Daily Breeze)
A local hotel workers union is proposing panic buttons to protect housekeepers who work in Rancho Palos Verdes hotels, specifically Trump National Golf Club and Terranea Resort.
Unite Here Local 11, which has been trying to unionize hospitality staff members at Terranea, announced that it filed paperwork with the City Clerk’s Office to circulate petitions aimed at putting a measure on the November ballot. The group needs to collect 4,000 signatures from registered voters in the next 90 days to qualify the measure, which would require major hospitality employers in the city to protect employees against sexual threats and assault, including panic buttons for workers who clean guest rooms.
Union leaders said they were backing practical solutions to the problem of sexual assault in the workplace as part of the #MeToo movement.
Note: CLUE is supporting UniteHERE and the hotel workers in this initiative to increase workplace safety. We will be taking part in actions and advocacy for this measure.