RELEASE: SENATOR DE LEÓN SLAMS CALIFORNIA HOTEL ASSOCIATION FOR CALLOUS REMARKS

Thursday, August 11, 2011

SENATOR DE LEÓN SLAMS CALIFORNIA HOTEL ASSOCIATION FOR CALLOUS REMARKS
Housekeepers No Longer Invisible – Standing up for Health and Safety

(Sacramento, CA) – After a two week media blitz by the California Hotel Association misleading the issues surrounding Senate Bill (SB) 432, Senator Kevin de León is wrapping up negotiations with the responsible stakeholders involved to get to the bottom line and improve safety for hotel housekeepers. 
 
“This is an issue very close to my heart. My mother was a housekeeper and worked very hard,” said Senator Kevin de León. “The California Hotel Association has done everything they can to kill this bill and keep their housekeepers invisible. Their scorched earth mentality is not productive toward finding a responsible solution.”
 
“I'm working diligently with the responsible hotel and motel owners on this legislation but, sadly, no longer with the California Hotel Association. That organization’s conduct regarding SB 432 has done a disservice to their membership and has shown a callous disregard for the health and safety of their members’ workers. Perhaps these hired representatives are just too far removed from the workers themselves to see the very human toll of this back-breaking work. They are treating housekeepers as disposable, replaceable and invisible. The reasonable hoteliers have distanced themselves from their Association and made clear the potential financial impacts. I have listened and I’m doing my best to accommodate their concerns, but not at the expense of the workers’ health and safety.”
 
“This bill is not about fitted sheets or long-handled tools, it’s about what will reduce these hard-working housekeepers’ long-term injury rates. I am considering amendments to get to the root of the problem and I will work with the Administration to make sure we see results as soon as possible.”
 
The California Applicants' Attorneys Association (CAAA) brought the idea for SB 432 to Senator Kevin de León after seeing too many injuries building up over time for their housekeeper clients—even though those same injuries pay their bills. This bill does not provide for a private right of action. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) will develop regulations and monitor their enforcement through their normal course of work.

 

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