Union workers protested UCLA’s lack of transparency in hiring staff for the new Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center Thursday morning outside Covel Commons.
About 15 uniformed employees from Covel dining hall and Bruin Cafe protested with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, chanting, “No poverty wages” and “Equal pay for equal work.” Organizers also protested by the flagpole near the Humanities Building Thursday afternoon.
The Thursday protest is the third time union members are speaking out against the potential hiring of nonunion workers at the center, said Frank Lombardi, a cook at Covel Commons...
As we have noted before, any notion by the powers-that-be that the UCLA Grand Hotel will be staffed by cheap nonunion labor like some Motel 6 is a fantasy. In the end, whatever the needs are to make the "business plan" work, it ain't gonna happen.