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Alliance Backs Hotel Workers’ Pay Fight

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community_briefs/article/alliance_backs_hotel_workers_pay_fight_20040813

"I've been working at the Century Plaza for three years. I've had only a 44-cent raise, and I have two children. It's hard to support a family with this salary," hotel worker Sonya Lopez told a crowd in Roxbury Park at the Progressive Jewish Alliance's (PJA) Aug. 8 event, "Justice in the Park," to educate groups on the hotel workers' position. Since their extended contract expired June 1, unionized workers at nine Los Angeles hotels have been embroiled in a struggle with hotel management over new terms. Aside from a battle over wages and other benefits, the main sticking point between the two groups is the length of the contract. Most of the workers are low-wage earners, starting at about $11 an hour, and many are recent immigrants.

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