Hotel workers in Los Angeles area strike, rally for contract

By Deborah Liatos
November 20, 2023
Hotel workers in Los Angeles area strike, rally for contract
Militant/Deborah Liatos

LOS ANGELES — Chanting “Se ve, se siente, la unión esta presente” and “Unete, unete, a la lucha unete” (“You can see it, you can feel it, the union is here” and “Join, join, join the fight”), hundreds of hotel workers held a spirited rally in front of Le Méridien Delfina Hotel and marched through the streets of Santa Monica Nov. 4 as part of rolling strikes by UNITE HERE Local 11 against 60 area hotels. 

“One person now does the job of what three people did before the pandemic. There are less workers and more work,” Arturo Huezo, who has worked at Fairmount Miramar for 30 years and is in housekeeping, told the Militant. “Many people get injured and are sent home without pay.”