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UNITE HERE 11 Rallies for Fair Worker Treatment and Assembly Member Santiago Responds

For immediate release:

(Los Angeles, CA) Following UNITE HERE 11’s march at LAX in support of hotel workers, Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) (who marched in solidarity with UNITE HERE 11 at LAX) released the following statement:

UNITE HERE 11 with Assemblymember Santiago

“Our essential hotel workers are being priced out, the rent is too high, daily commutes for many take hours and affording basic everyday necessities is difficult,” said Assembly Member Santiago.

“That is why I stand strongly in solidarity with UNITE HERE 11 who represent our essential hotel workers and why I was proud to march with them at LAX.

This is also why I am fighting for these priorities with legislation in Sacramento this year, from expanding access to food, speeding up affordable housing construction, protections against wage theft and more. Essential workers have been and continue to be there for us, let’s be there for them.”

Yesterday on June 22, hundreds of room attendants, cooks, dishwashers, and community allies rallied on Century Boulevard near LAX to stress hotel workers’ concerns about the rising cost of housing. There was a strike authorization vote of 96% and the strike could take place at dozens of hotels with more than 15,000 workers as early as July 4th weekend. This would be the largest hotel worker strike in modern U.S. industry.

Assembly Member Miguel Santiago is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization. He also sits on the Assembly Committees on Public Safety, Health, HigherEducation and Utilities and Energy. He represents the 54th District composed of the cities of Los Angeles, Commerce, Montebello, and Vernon.