Hotel Bel-Air to return to protests by fired workers

blue-sign-belair.jpgOnly about 12 of the 275 union workers who were laid off when the Hotel Bel-Air closed for renovations two years ago have been rehired. Hospitality workers union Unite Here Local 11 says it will be on hand to protest when the hotel reopens in Bel Air this coming Friday. "We are preparing to unfurl very aggressive tactics on the Bel-Air," including calling on Hollywood celebrities to eschew the hotel, spokeswoman Leigh Shelton says in the L.A. Times. The hotel says workers rejected a severance package back in 2009 and were told they would have to apply for their jobs again. Hotel Bel-Air is operated by the Dorchester Collection, a company owned by the Brunei Investment Agency.

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