La Playa Hotel is Focus of Carmel Hotel Workers Rising March

The September 8, 2011 Monterey County Weekly reports: “As many workers settled in for a Labor Day weekend … 120 Carmel ho-tel staffers and their sup-porters gathered Sept. 1 for a march from La Playa Hotel to Pine Inn, beating drums and chanting, ‘No contract, no peace.'”

“Unite Here Local 483 members say the … streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea are their new target. “Carmel’s the center of [labor disputes] in the hotel industry right now,” says Mark Weller, the local’s project coordinator ….”

“At La Playa, which is for sale, 122 employees received notices under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, advising them that new ownership could put their jobs in jeopardy. Now workers are calling for a guarantee that they can stay on. They’ve been negotiating their contract for more than a year with Marin County-based owner John Cope ….”

“But the union isn’t going anywhere. Chris Fitz, Local 483’s community organizer, says, ‘We win these fights when we are relentless.'”

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