Hotel workers have a 40 percent higher injury rate than other service workers, and out of all hotel workers, housekeepers get hurt most often. Housekeepers are under pressure to clean too many rooms in too short a time, and then to leave them pristine. This means they don't take breaks and work off the clock to meet their quotas. Hotel workers also regularly face sexual harassment from guests and colleagues, and when they report it, hotel companies ignore them.
CLUE has been a active for decades in unionizing campaigns for hotel workers across Southern California, including in Santa Monica, downtown Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Long Beach, among others. We take part in picket lines, join delegations that meet with management, share workers' stories from the pulpits of our churches, and conduct dramatic actions to highlight the sacrifices workers and immigrants make to survive in their jobs.