The announcement comes a week before a new minimum wage law takes effect. But the hotel denies that is the motivation, instead blaming poor economic conditions.
By Ruben Vives and Wesley Lowery, Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2012
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.
But in a confrontation with union activists at the hotel Friday, a man who identified himself as the manager of the 175-room Best Western Golden Sails denied that the ballot measure triggered the cuts, saying bad economic conditions were to blame.
When he walked away, the protesters followed him through the hotel chanting "Si se puede."
In a letter to employees posted at the hotel Monday, the Best Western said it planned to downsize and reopen under new management. While the letter said some employees would eventually be rehired, it said all employees would be without a job effective Saturday and eligible for $1,000 severance packages.