Hotel dispute heats up as officials back boycott

first_imgNearly two dozen elected city, state and county officials voiced support Friday for a controversial boycott of the LAX Hilton Hotel as part of a labor dispute at the facility. City Council members Janice Hahn and Ed Reyes joined Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Los Angeles, in releasing the list of officials urging tourists to boycott the hotel until it improves working conditions. The hotel has been targeted by UNITE HERE because of its refusal to negotiate a union contract for its workers and its efforts to overturn a city ordinance that would impose a “living wage” on airport-area hotel workers. “I will not eat, I will not sleep, I will not go to the Los Angeles Airport Hilton until they change,” Hahn said. “Right now, the Los Angeles Airport Hilton is the worst employer in the city.” “Our hotel is disappointed that UNITE HERE and elected officials like Eric Garcetti and Janice Hahn are willing to jeopardize jobs and the local economy by supporting the boycott of our hotel,” Beach said. “Their inappropriate comments about our hotel demonstrate that they are anti-business and anti-worker.” But Hahn discounted that. “We have 75,000 other hotel rooms in this city where we would love for people to spend their money,” she said. UNITE HERE Vice President Tom Walsh said the union is considering expanding its boycott to other hotels in the area that have joined in opposing the living-wage ordinance for LAX-area hotel workers. The ordinance is pending in court amid opposition from the hotels and the business community. Officials signing letters of support for the boycott include council members Wendy Greuel, Jose Huizar, Herb Wesson and Bill Rosendahl. State officials include Sens. Alex Padilla, D-San Fernando; Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles; Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles; and Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles. Several members of the state Assembly and the Los Angeles congressional delegation also issued statements of support. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last month, Council President Eric Garcetti issued a letter on behalf of UNITE HERE urging potential Los Angeles convention attendees to stay at other hotels. Council members Dennis Zine, Greig Smith and Bernard Parks voted against the living-wage ordinance. All City Council members except for Zine, Smith and Parks supported the ordinance and now support the boycott. Hotel representatives would not disclose Friday whether the boycott has affected hotel operations. They have said they are concerned the action will hurt the entire city by discouraging visitors from coming to Los Angeles. Officials with the LAX Hilton criticized the lawmakers, saying they are pawns of the union, which the hotel claims bullied workers into supporting the living-wage ordinance. “UNITE HERE has not been able to organize the employees of our hotel for the last two years and it is simply irresponsible for any member of the Los Angeles City Council to serve as their mouthpiece,” Eric Beach, a spokesman for the LAX Hilton, told City News Service. last_img read more

AEK Holds Milan to 0-0, Apollon Draws Atalanta

first_imgAC Milan wasted a chance to make the Europa League knockout stage with two games to spare after AEK Athens held it to a second straight goalless draw on Thursday.The other favorite, Arsenal, advanced despite also being in a goalless game.Lazio won Group K to secure a knockout spot after beating Nice 1-0 thanks to Maxime Le Marchand’s own goal in injury time.Dynamo Kiev made it through from Group B by beating Young Boys 1-0, and a 1-1 draw was also enough for Romania’s FCSB against Hapoel Beer-Sheva in Group G. Russia’s Zenit also made sure to draw at Rosenborg to advance from Group L.In an unusual incident, Marseille substitute Patrice Evra was given a red card before his game in Portugal because of a clash with the crowd. A photo showed him aiming a kick at a fan’s head after reported arguments between him and Marseille supporters.Marseille lost to Vitoria 1-0.Another Italian club, Atalanta, was on course to advance before conceding a goal deep in stoppage time in Cyprus.Everton hopes were squashed.Here’s a look at the action:MILAN’S SCORING DROUGHTMilan scored eight goals in the first two group matches then began to emulate its poor performances in Serie A, where it lost to Juventus 2-0 at home on Saturday and has won just one of its past six matches.AC Milan’s Riccardo Montolivo, left, jumps for the ball with Athens’ Andre Simoes during the Europa League group D soccer match between AEK Athens and Milan at Olympic stadium of Athens, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Milan strikers Andre Silva and Patrick Cutrone were kept at bay by solid AEK defending.Austria Vienna won at Rijeka 4-1 in another game in Group D. All four teams still have a shot to make the next round.ARSENAL FOLLOW SUITArsenal manager Arsene Wenger usually rests his stars in Europe, and he replaced the entire lineup that beat Swansea 2-1 on Saturday. In goal, Matt Macey made his European debut. He was OK, the problem was at the other end.Striker Olivier Giroud should have converted one of his many chances.Arsenal leads Group H by five points from Red Stars. Third-placed BATE lost at Cologne 3-2.EVERTON ELIMINATEDLyon knocked out struggling Everton 3-0, with all the goals in the second half.Bertrand Traore scored the first on a fast counter, substitute Houssem Aouar added the second, and Memphis Depay finished Everton off with a header.Everton defender Cuco Martina was taken off on a stretcher with concussion and neck pain, after landing awkwardly from an aerial challenge before halftime. He was cleared at a hospital to return with the team to England, where Everton can fully concentrate on reviving its Premier League campaign. It sits in the relegation zone.Atalanta led Apollon Limassol 1-0 from halftime to deep into the match, and looked set to advance after a 26-year absence in Europe. But then Emilio Zelaya equalized four minutes into injury time.Atalanta and Lyon still control Group E, five points ahead of Apollon.KIEV KICKS ONDynamo Kiev needed a win over Young Boys in Bern and got it courtesy of Vitaliy Buyalskiy, who scored late.Dynamo leads Group B by five points from Partizan Belgrade, which was second after beating Skenderbeu 2-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more