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Long Beach hotel to lay off all workers
Los Angeles Times, by Ruben Vives & Wesley Lowery

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 12/15/2012 5:08:57 PM

A week before a new minimum wage for Long Beach hotels goes into effect, a large, marina-area hotel has told all of its employees — 75 people — that they will be laid off, according to union representatives. (Snip) The Best Western is at least the second hotel to scale back following voter approval of a local measure requiring hotels with 100 or more rooms to pay their employees at least $13 an hour. Earlier this month, the 140-room Hotel Current told employees it was scaling back to 99 rooms, putting it just beneath the threshold for the mandated wage increase.

I can remeber back when $3, $8 or $10 an-hour was a lot of money for me in Kalifornia. It is here in Texas [the latter]. i like the creative ways that a big hotel can smack back at the unions by reducing room numbers. In this economy, who´s traveling anyway?


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/15/2012 5:12:39 PM     (No. 9067978)

The fat cat union slugs will sit back and say they won. Unions don´t care a damn about those they represent, they only care about collecting dues.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mean Gene, 12/15/2012 5:14:04 PM     (No. 9067981)

Maybe some liberals will buy the place and re-open it at a tremendous loss.
I doubt it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/15/2012 5:15:50 PM     (No. 9067986)

Dirty little secret..when the minimum wage goes up, ALL union wages go up accordingly.
Check their contracts.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/15/2012 5:19:01 PM     (No. 9067990)

#3, I have 31 years experience as a labor neutral, and I have never seen a union contract (collective bargaining agreement) with language that tied rates of pay to minimum wage rates. Some are tied to the consumer price indes, but not the minimum wage..The real impact when minimum wage rates are increased is to put upward pressure on all salaries.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: offrope, 12/15/2012 5:19:52 PM     (No. 9067991)

Well, at least these union people can gloat about their glorious victory as they fill out their unemployment forms.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/15/2012 5:27:07 PM     (No. 9068000)

Right, #4, the union increases are not tied to them but the unions argue that since minimums increased their wages need to go up accordingly.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 12/15/2012 5:28:12 PM     (No. 9068002)

The hotels with more than 100 rooms will probably contract their cleaning out to a service who will pay less than $13/hour to the cleaners.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: CJohnson, 12/15/2012 5:46:43 PM     (No. 9068014)

Once again a pencil outwits a sledgehammer; wait until the drug testing policy gets invoked.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: realrep, 12/15/2012 5:55:41 PM     (No. 9068027)

Ya´ gotta love the creativity.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 12/15/2012 5:58:56 PM     (No. 9068036)

Once again, the electorate proves their stupidity an unions prove their greed. Both seem to lack a basic understanding of economics. It`s all what the market will bare. We can live our lives in capitalism and be free to work where we can get the best deal or resign ourselves to socialism/communism where profit is banned an everyone makes the same money but shortages of goods and services are plentiful.

Perhaps many don`t remember the old days of the Soviet Union where 100 people lined up outside the local market to bid on five skinny chickens.

We pretend to work, they pretend to pay us.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Kowgirl, 12/15/2012 6:04:51 PM     (No. 9068046)

Another example of when one side changes the rules, the other side finds a creative new way to play the game.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MMC, 12/15/2012 6:12:58 PM     (No. 9068062)

I think employers should just pay all employees the same rate, that would be fair/ s

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Reply 13 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/15/2012 6:30:43 PM     (No. 9068072)

Your Holiday cheerlessness in brought to you by DUH - Democrat Union Hacks.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/15/2012 6:48:42 PM     (No. 9068095)

This should be a lesson to "legislators" (aka tyrants), stick your finger in the pie and an cherry is pushed out the other side. Actions have consequences... and just why were you sticking your finger in the pie in the first place?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Pearson365, 12/15/2012 7:00:02 PM     (No. 9068110)

It´s not just the minimum wage tax that reduces supply:


Good article with interesting reader comments such as these:

Nothing can be done about illegal aliens in Cook County, but they have the resources to conduct 800 raids a month to combat the black market for cigarettes.

Going up against mostly lawful small businesses is much, much safer than heading into those communities organized by Obama where there are illegal guns killing tens of people every weekend.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: oldsfc, 12/15/2012 7:01:26 PM     (No. 9068111)

#4, unions in the rust belt and the northeastern states receive pay increases when the minimum wage goes up. Did in the IBEW and longshoreman´s. Check it out. Never mind, most of the jobs have moved to right to work states.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: krause, 12/15/2012 7:31:13 PM     (No. 9068150)

Why not just pay everyone $20, or $40? I love it when non-business people tell business people how to run their businesses. They just know so much. Hey, let´s make them lower their room rates to $25 per night!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Bobn.T, 12/15/2012 8:08:55 PM     (No. 9068188)

And in California of all places. California went head over heels for Zero. Let then suffer the rewards.

The hotel has my support and approval.

More of this is to come nationwide.
Thank you libnut zero-suckers.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lotsamojo, 12/15/2012 8:25:01 PM     (No. 9068215)

Well, well . . . the union hacks won another battle, however . . . winning the war doesn´t look so promising!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rotstan, 12/15/2012 8:35:35 PM     (No. 9068229)

You break it, you own it. Congrats to the Long Beach city council.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: artman1746, 12/15/2012 8:50:18 PM     (No. 9068249)

Liberal government demands business pay higher wages.

Business cuts worker numbers and/or hours to maintain profit margins.

Worker blames the business.

Ignorance reigns. Votes Obama.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: veritas, 12/15/2012 9:04:01 PM     (No. 9068258)

Wait -- laying off all the employees is "scaling back"? LAT editors don´t have authority to check for irrational statements, I guess?

#3, #4: I´ve also read that [some] union contracts are pegged, to multiples of the minimum wage. Sorry, can´t provide specific citations.

#10: Not just "basic economics." I think they have trouble with "basic counting."

#12: How about offering the union a percentage of the profits in a block payment, and they can divvy it up between the members? Decide their wages for themselves? Heh, heh, heh.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: horacer, 12/15/2012 9:18:02 PM     (No. 9068269)

Since when does a majority of idiot voters have the right to tell a private citizen how he must conduct his business. This is nuts.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: jalo1951, 12/15/2012 9:22:18 PM     (No. 9068273)

Every "working" person should be paid at least a million dollars a year. That would solve everything. s/o They will simply hire a cleaning staff from a third party company.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: dwa, 12/15/2012 10:48:59 PM     (No. 9068362)

#23, that is my question too. Those who do not pay or will not be paying a tax should not be allowed to vote for others to pay it or to raise it on others.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/16/2012 4:23:05 AM     (No. 9068575)

NY always follows CA´s stupidity. NOW I know why NY wants to increase minimum wage and tie it to inflation. That way when hyper-inflation hits, minimum wage can be $200/hour.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: LanieLou, 12/16/2012 1:22:01 PM     (No. 9069326)

Ha hahahahahahahahahha!

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