Skip to comments.Long Beach Best Western staff to be laid off as Measure N date nears (forced elevated minimum wage)
Posted on 12/20/2012 4:33:33 PM PST by Libloather
Long Beach Best Western staff to be laid off as Measure N date nears
By Kelsey Duckett Staff Writer
Updated: 12/14/2012 06:50:37 PM PST
Days before a ballot measure forcing pay and benefit requirements on Long Beach's largest hotels is set to go into effect, one hotel is cutting back on rooms and laying off workers.
"This is devastating," Shelton said. "We really want to send a strong message to the hotel community that this is not OK. Hotels that don't abide by this pay increase are undermining democracy."
Passing with 64.3 percent of the vote, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder, the so-called living wage initiative goes into effect next Friday and will require Long Beach hotels with 100 rooms or more to pay employees at least $13 an hour.
California's minimum wage is $8.
The initiative requires that service charges are remitted to appropriate employees, gives a minimum of five paid sick days per year to full-time workers and pay an automatic 2 percent annual raise to employees.
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Just a few days after taking effect, Measure N is living up to its promise of transforming Long Beach's hotel industry. Unfortunately, it isn't being transformed for the better, and now hotel employees are having to bear the brunt of this unwise plan with no clear recourse on the horizon. Expect more layoffs in the new year, along with higher rooms rates for the city's tourists -- all because a pair of labor groups were able to hoodwink Long Beach voters.
LOL thats all you got?
Something tells me hotel management will be unmoved by that particular argument.
Actions have consequences, folks.
California, meet reality. Reality, California.
You can just exit (until states like California impose exit taxes).
I live in Long Beach, and of course I voted against this stupid measure. Most of the voters think there is some magical pool of money being hoarded by THE MAN. They think if they force the man to pay up, then justice is served and everyone will be happy. Hope you’re happy on the unemployment line.
Anybody who creates a job for another human being is "rich," and deserves to be punished.
Those idiots have absolutely how much money it takes to run a business. It gets harder every day.
How about shutting down completely, firing the employees, and moving out of state? Deed the property over to Long Beach for $1 and let them figure out what to do about their white elephant.
What the didn’t mention is if any hotels are actually planning to comply with this extortion. That is just as important, as if those hotels are part of a corporation, they are sticking it to their investors.
Hey Mr. Dickhead! If the ordinance applies to hotels over 100 rooms, and they choose to comply by becoming a hotel with less than 100 rooms, how is that any of your business? You wrote the law, why didn't you write what you really wanted if what it says isn't what you want? Besides, don't you think they'd rather stay at the previous larger size and make more money? Idiot. I think all of the affected sites should just add demising walls and additional lobbies so that now they're "5 hotels, all with less than 100 rooms" or whatever. The only principled response to tyranny is to find a way to give them the finger.
And sometimes the employees earn more than the owner, and they still hate him.
I think this one might already be on your list?
“Another hotel coming under fire is Hotel Current at 5325 E. Pacific Coast Highway, “
I’m in Hollywood and we stayed here months ago when one of the studios hosted a shindig for production companies like ours for a get-together. What a shame as they will now have excess janitorial supply rooms.;)
In a sane world you would not do this. In an insane world, sell it to get your equity out and leave — or abandon it to the city and make it their problem. They will have choices: (1) find a buyer and lose money, (2) maintain the property to sell it and lose money, (3) let the place fall into a shambles and then have it torn down (and lose money).
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Just like business’s with 55 or 60 employees will close down, or pay overtime to get their employees down to under 50 so they can beat Obamacare
Besides being stupid, this has got to be illegal. Isn't there an equal protection clause?
How about all the mom and pop business get a measure passed that all big box stores (o/30 employees)must have a minimum wage of $20/hr in their city.
Or maybe City of Irvine pay a group to introduce a measure in the City of Santa Ana that all private business must pay their employees $50/hr.
The possibilities for mischief are endless.
California? Isn’t that the place their elected town hall people vote themselves $500,000 salaries and multi-million dollar pensions?
Why stop there. Simply vote for $1,000,000 dollar incomes for every worker. These idiots hate supply-side economics. Lets watch them try and make demand-side economics fly.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time .... well, maybe a majority of all the people all of the time in Californicate.
Domcracy: Two wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for lunch!
My brother, who is 66 years old was fired on Monday. He had been with the company for more than 25 years and was just told to clean out his desk and get out. A few years ago, when the company was going broke, my brother was saved the day by winning the Walmart contract for paving for the new Walmart super-store. The company wouldn’t even exist if my brother had won that contract and this is the thanks that he gets, fired so that the company can pay the Obamacare for the rest of the employees.
Since Cali has 11,000 employees of the state prison system over $100,000 per year and 900 employees over $200,000, it’s easy to see why the peons in the private sector see 13 bucks an hour (not quite 30 grand a year) as pocket money.
On a more serious note, this illustrates how corrosive those massive state salaries are to business.
” I think all of the affected sites should just add demising walls and additional lobbies so that now they’re “5 hotels, all with less than 100 rooms” or whatever.”
There may be a cheaper option - set it up as a condo with separate corporations each owning less that 100 rooms in fee; set up the common areas and assess each company to maintain based upon room square footage; set up a separate lobby services corporation to handle check in and check out for each of the corporations; each corporation would be responsible for room maintenance. Would be most simple with a high rise where each would purchase a sufficient number of whole floors to make a number smaller than a hundred. A low rise motel would be more difficult but even there, there could be logical (or not so logical) divisions.
All you need is a surveyor and a good lawyer.
The laws of economics are like the laws of gravity. The longer you defy them, the more pain you’ll have in the end.
I’m sorry this happened to your brother, but it’s not surprising. Many companies are laying off older workers to save costs - salaries, pensions, and health care. My husband was laid off 3 years ago, and fortunately, found another job within a few months. It doesn’t pay nearly as well as his old job, but we are just grateful that he was able to find something.
I like it! Better idea than mine.
Minimum age laws are unconstitutional. It is totalitarianism.