Taylor Swift pleaded to stand with striking workers, to postpone LA concerts

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A few hours before Taylor Swift’s eagerly anticipated concerts in Los Angeles kick off, a number of influential California politicians made a desperate attempt to persuade the pop sensation to postpone her performances in support of the striking laborers.Eleni Kounalakis, the lieutenant governor of California, along with many other state elected figures have endorsed Unite Here Local 11’s campaign.

The 57-year-old, a Democrat and a contender for governor in 2026, emphasized respect and equitable pay for all employees.She told POLITICO, “I support Unite HERE in their fight for a living wage.”

“And I hope we can use this opportunity to highlight the dedicated men and women who power our economy.”An open letter detailing the struggles experienced by hotel industry employees was sent to the Grammy winner.

Acknowledging that the Carolina crooner’s arrival is the “Midas touch” for the states is necessary given that her absurdly successful Eras tour has brought in billions for the regional businesses

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However, Kounalakis and the other signatories brought attention to the desperation felt by many of the industry’s employees in the area, noting in the letter that many hotel housekeepers do not have the luxury of living close to their place of employment and that some have even taken to sleeping in their cars.

Hotel employees are in a life-threatening situation. Their struggle is for a livable wage. They’ve started a strike. They are now requesting your assistance,” they continued.”Talk Now! Postpone your performances and take a stand with hotel employees.

Higher wages and improved benefits were among the demands made by the striking workers.LOS ANGELES In the midst of a Southern California hotel workers’ strike on Tuesday, dozens of California government officials sent Taylor Swift a message: postpone your Los Angeles gigs.

In support of Unite Here Local 11, a union that represents over 32,000 hospitality workers throughout Southern California and Arizona, the officials signed an open letter to Swift pleading with the pop singer to postpone her next performances in Los Angeles out of sympathy with the striking employees. Beginning on Thursday, Swift will play six sold-out performances in Los Angeles County.

The letter argues that given the impasse in contract negotiations between hotel companies and employees and the region’s deteriorating cost-of-living problem, Swift’s performances are raising demand and, consequently, local hotel earnings.

“Though many people cannot afford to reside close to their place of employment, hotels are making more money than ever before. In between shifts, a few of them even sleep in their automobiles. The letter, signed by Janice Hahn, the head of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and California’s lieutenant governor, Eleni Kounalakis, stated that “others are at risk of losing their homes.”

The letter argues that given the impasse in contract negotiations between hotel companies and employees and the region’s deteriorating cost-of-living problem, Swift’s performances are raising demand and, consequently, local hotel earnings.

Taylor Swift
 

“Though many people cannot afford to reside close to their place of employment, hotels are making more money than ever before. In between shifts, a few of them even sleep in their automobiles. The letter, signed by Janice Hahn, the head of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and California’s lieutenant governor, Eleni Kounalakis, stated that “others are at risk of losing their homes.”

Hotel employees are in a life-threatening situation. Their struggle is for a livable wage. They’ve started a strike. Swift is being asked to “Speak Now,” a reference to her third studio album, in the letter, which states that “Now, they are asking for your support.”

NBC News reached out to Swift for comment, but they did not get back to us right away.In the Los Angeles area, where skyrocketing rents and unavoidable homelessness characterize the county’s politics, thousands of hotel employees went on strike last month, demanding better pay and other perks.

Come together In this instance, Local 11 has been negotiating a contract with hotels since late April. The union is asking for an immediate $5 hourly salary hike as well as a two-year pay boost of $3 per hour. Its demands also include a pension plan, health care benefits, and a ban on using the government system known as E-Verify, which verifies an employee’s immigrant status


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