UNITE-HERE Local 11 is spearheading the initiative campaign to impose an $18 minimum wage on targeted Anaheim Resort businesses.
At its Leadership Conference last month, Local 11 passed five resolutions setting their 2018 agenda. One of those is a $25 an hour minimum wage:
There’s asterisk to that demand noting it applies only businesses receiving local government subsidies – that $25 minimum wage demand targets every hospitality business in the Anaheim Resort.
The upshot: anyone who thinks the militant hotel workers union plans to stop at an $18 minimum wage for luxury hotels that get a TOT rebate is dreaming. Local 11 has bigger, more long-run fish to fry: taking political control of Anaheim city government. The shift to by-district elections was the first step, since the at-large system made it very difficult for liberals council candidates to win. That, in turn, paved the way for electing their close political ally Jose F. Moreno in District 3 in 2016.
This year, it’s passing their $18 an hour minimum wage initiative, re-electing Moreno and electing Ashleigh Aitken (who is all-in with UNITE-HERE) to the mayor’s office. In 2020,the agenda will be taking District 4 and taking out Steve Faessel in District 5. The more sway UNITE-HERE Local 11 holds over the Anaheim City Council and City Hall, the more they will be emboldened use that power to demand things like a $25 minimum wage or card check neutrality be included as conditions of approval for hotel development projects – assuming
It’s not as if UNITE-HERE is surreptitious or clandestine about its goal. Politicos and business that don’t see it, don’t want to see it.