Long Beach City Council Sends Housekeeper “Panic Button” Measure to Voters
For the second time in less than 12 months, an initiative to provide housekeepers with a “panic button” to protect against sexual harassment came before the Long Beach city council. Back in September, a similar measure failed with council voting 5-4 against it after an emotional, hours-long debate on the eve of the #MeToo movement’s rise. UNITE HERE Local 11, a union representing hotel workers, responded by successfully gathering enough petition signatures to put panic buttons as well as additional housekeeper protections on this November’s ballot.
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