Center for Union Facts Says SoCal Hospitality Workers Union Failed to Gain Membership During Pandemic

Union Watchdog releases Labor Day report detailing Unite Here Local 11 pandemic failures

WASHINGTON, August 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Center for Union Facts released a 24 page report on how the Unite Here Local 11 hospitality workers’ union failed its membership during the pandemic.

You can read the full report here.

Hospitality workers have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the industry begins to recover, our research outlines how Local 11:

  • Imposed increased dues on struggling members during the pandemic;
  • Fought government aid to the hotel industry and fought efforts to reopen hotels, even after security measures were put in place;
  • Sent members canvassing in person while simultaneously calling for the closure of the hospitality industry to Los Angeles;
  • Received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program while criticizing hotels for receiving the same.

Local 11 emerged from the pandemic weaker and more in debt than at any time in recent history. Before the union can renew its membership, it should be held accountable for its failure to protect its own members.

Charlyce Bozzellodirector of communications for the Center for Union Facts released this statement on the report:

“Local 11 likes to brag about all it has done for hospitality workers. But evidence shows that when union members needed them most, Local 11 let them down. Union leaders should be ashamed of themselves for putting their own interests ahead of the workers’ struggle.”

SOURCE Union Facts Center

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