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By Charlyce Bozzello
Unite Here Local 11's new COVID hotel grading system was just released, but it has already flunked the "smell test" ("Hotel
Union Assigns Grades Based on COVID-19 'Guarantees,'" March
The union purports to grade hotels based on "four key criteria...that relate to the safety and welfare of workers and the public."
But a closer look at these bogus "criteria" reveal that this grading system is really just a ploy to go after non-union hotels.
Receiving a "point" for having one of these criteria depends on if it was also "guaranteed in an agreement with workers" -- in other words, codified in a union contract.
In fact, workers at hotels the union assigns an “F” grading to frequently leave positive reviews of their work environment.
These guidelines include social distancing, mask wearing, temperature checks and guidelines for reporting COVID-19 infections.
They also apply to all hotels, not just ones with union contracts. (Local 11 lobbied against reopening hotels, miffed that it was not consulted by the county.)
It’s also notable that Local 11 had little regard for COVID safety protocols for much of 2020. The union was part of an “army of canvassers” that went door to door in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Florida in the run up to the general election -- even though most unions and other advocacy groups steered clear of in-person canvassing out of concern for safety.
As for pay, let’s not forget it was Local 11 that lobbied to raise the minimum wage for hotel workers in LA County, but with a loophole that meant the union's own members were exempt from the wage hike.
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