In an emblematic fight over the direction of our economy, thousands of Hyatt hotel workers in four cities nationwide–West Hollywood, Chicago, San Francisco, and Honolulu—are finishing a week-long strike. By striking, workers are standing up for decent jobs for themselves and their families, but they are also fighting for the right to take a stand against an abusive employer that is destroying good jobs in their North American hotels.
On Tuesday, September 13 in West Hollywood, hundreds of supporters from dozens of L.A. unions rallied on the picket line with striking hotel workers at the Hyatt Andaz. Actors, nurses, farm workers, teachers, grocery workers, firefighters, cinematographers, studio workers, letter carriers, truck drivers, janitors, communications workers, carwasheros, community groups and more were all on the picket line.
“In my mind, this is no different than the attacks on unions in Wisconsin and across the country. Actors from my union, and unions from all over, will be standing in solidarity on the picket line and beyond,” said Gabrielle Carteris, new President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Los Angeles, speaking to the crowd. “No worker should be exposed to unnecessary injury.”
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