NCJW Long Beach Supports Passing Measure WW

by Lisa Raufman, Co-VP Advocacy and Legislation

As “a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action”, “NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families.” One of our national Resolutions is to” Advance the well-being of children and families through laws, policies, and employment practices that allow workers to meet both family and work responsibilities.”

 

We support Measure WW on the Long Beach ballot because it affects the working conditions for the 85% of Long Beach hotel workers who are women, many of whom are immigrants and the sole support of their families. The measure provides for the physical safety of these women in two ways: panic buttons to protect them from sexual assault as well as protection from excessive workloads. NCJW Long Beach has for the past 4 years supported the proposed ordinance originally called Claudia’s Law, named for a hotel housekeeper who, having worked an excessive workload, collapsed with a disabling stroke.  Both the immediate past and the current NCJW Long Beach presidents spoke in favor of the ordinance at City Council in 2017 and 2018. Additionally, our Section helped to gather enough citizen signatures on petitions to put the measure on the current ballot when the Council could not agree on a comprehensive ordinance.

 

Please vote YES on ballot measure WW if you are a Long Beach resident, and stand with women who need your support. Although our local city council agreed in September to create an ordinance that will assure that all hotels in Long Beach provide their employees with panic buttons, that alone will not help when 82% of hotel employees have reported that they have been subject to verbal aggression or incidents of “deviant customer actions on the job.” Offenders can be supervisors, or non-employees such as hotel guests. Remember that most sexual assaults go unreported according to the U.S. Justice Department. It will not help with abusive working conditions demanding more that 10 hours workdays and excessive demands such as cleaning more than 20 beds and up to 5000 square feet in a days’ work! 

Please read the “Argument in Favor or Measure WW” in your official Sample Ballot that is signed by 5 Long Beach Housekeepers.  Current hotel work practices have not changed in the last 4 years that the Housekeepers have promoted Claudia’s Law; it will take your vote to make a difference.