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UNITE HERE, the hotel, restaurant and casino workers union, launched a major campaign called Hyatt Hurts, encouraging people to boycott Hyatt hotels in support of housekeepers and other workers. As the union argues, Hyatt has abused its housekeepers and other hotel workers, replacing longtime employees with minimum wage temporary workers and imposing dangerous workloads on those who remain. Board Member Amy Dean interviews Cleve Jones, famous labor and LGBTQ activist, who is a leader in the Hyatt Hurts campaign.
Hadar Susskind, Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action weighs in on the Ryan-Wyden Medicare plan: “Although many of us had very positive interactions with Senator Wyden, his position on this issue was out of sync with the community and with the majority of community organizations,” said Hadar Susskind.
On the eve of important votes in the California State Senate, The New York Times editorial board has endorsed A.B. 889, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The bill, which Bend the Arc has been organizing for over the last two years, would extend basic labor rights to domestic workers who have long been excluded from many of the fundamental protections most other workers enjoy.
CEO Alan van Capelle told an audience in Los Angeles what makes Bend the Arc different than other social justice organizations: “We are now the only Jewish social justice nonprofit that has a lobbying arm in Washington that doesn’t touch the State of Israel as an issue,” van Capelle said.