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Mon Oct 15 2012 (Updated 10/19/12)La Playa Carmel Labor Demonstrations Receive Boost from Quail Lodge Contract Victory
Mon Oct 15 2012 (Updated 10/19/12)Hotel Workers and Unite Here Officials Continue to Fight for Justice at La Playa Hotel
After more than a dozen labor demonstrations at La Playa Carmel this summer which followed the announcement of a boycott of the hotel, community members had new answers to the question, "Is this working?" At a rally at the hotel held on September 28, Mark Weller of UNITE HERE Local 483, the hospitality union that represents workers in the Monterey Bay area, cited the recent contract approval negotiated for workers at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley as a victory for La Playa workers also.
Communication between La Playa's management and the former workers has been spotty, though. Only three of the 113 former workers have been rehired since they lost their jobs last November when the hotel changed ownership and closed for remodeling.
"People are asking, is this working? This is a fight not just for La Playa workers to get their jobs back, but for the entire labor movement, for the entire hospitality industry in the Monterey Bay. I just want to let you know this has wide reaching effects. Maybe some of you saw that Quail Lodge earlier in the week signed a contract for the re-opening of their hotel. They didn't want this over there. So this is a victory and we will continue to fight here until we get the victory for all of the La Playa workers," Weller said.
Read More and View Photos and Videos | Quail Lodge Workers Ratify New Contract | See Also: Grand Opening Boycott Rally at La Playa Hotel was Summer's Largest Protest in Carmel | Strong Turnout at La Playa Carmel Post-Labor Day Rally | La Playa Hotel Boycott Rallies Continue Through Summer in Carmel | La Playa Carmel Siege, Day Two: Increased Police Pressure | Boycott in Carmel: La Playa Hotel Siege, Day One
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