As a labor dispute continues between service workers and hotels near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), workers at the Four Points by Sheraton LAX have called for a boycott of the hotel.
The workers have accused the hotel owner and operator, American Property Management Corporation, of refusing to negotiate in good faith and blocking efforts to improve working conditions. The union UNITE HERE Local 11 says it has called for a boycott of the hotel on Airport Boulevard until management negotiates a fair contract with the workers.
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education recently adopted a resolution that calls for the district to restrict events at the Four Points, as well as two other hotels under a boycott called by the union. The district spent approximately $393,000 at the three hotels last year and has spent about $185,000 there so far this year.
“I stand by the workers in calling a boycott of the Four Points LAX,” said Board of Education president Monica Garcia. “Many of the parents and guardians of our students work in the hotel industry and rely on fair working conditions and adequate healthcare for themselves and their families.”
The Four Points is the second LAX-area hotel to be the focus of a boycott. The Hilton Los Angeles Airport on Century Boulevard, which has been under boycott since the fall of 2006, has lost nearly $5 million in anticipated business as a result of the boycott, according to the union.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has rejected the district’s resolution for a boycott, calling it an “inappropriate distraction” from the school board’s mission to provide quality education. A spokesman for the airport-area hotels has said the boycotts only end up hurting the workers.