The measure would mandate that all city hotels with 50 rooms or more provide employees with the buttons free of charge as well as protections against retaliation for reporting assaults.
Los Angeles police last Saturday arrested three men on Skid Row for allegedly paying homeless people to fraudulently sign petitions for measures in upcoming elections, including the hotel worker initiative in Long Beach.
With nearly double the signatures needed, labor advocates turned in over 46,000 signatures to the city clerk’s office Tuesday morning that, if found valid, will place an initiative aimed at protecting Long Beach hotel workers on the November ballot.
Labor advocates are working to bring a measure to Long Beach voters by the end of the year that aims to protect hotel workers from harassment and abuse.
Congressman Alan Lowenthal has written a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew Jacob Lew, requesting an investigation into the potential sale of the Westin Hotel to companies tied to China or other foreign states.
Second District Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce made a quick trip to Utah yesterday as part of efforts to resolve a labor dispute between hotel employees and the hotel management/ownership of the Westin Long Beach—a dispute that has resulted in a lawsuit, weekly protests and frustrated residents inconveniences by the noise and traffic.
Their signs read “Stand With Women Against Abuse,” and their faces were grim as they stared into the evening twilight outside of the Westin Hotel on Ocean Boulevard in downtown Long Beach.
Local hotel workers were joined by about 30 community supporters outside Long Beach City Hall Tuesday afternoon to call on citywide action to address sexual assault and extreme workloads.