Service workers contribute to California’s tourism, major league sports
and entertainment industries by keeping the doors open for business at
our state’s top stadiums, arenas and tourist attractions.
Stadium and Arena Workers:
Workers at almost all the major sports arenas in California share a
proud history with SEIU. The story begins at the Los Angeles Coliseum
where USC, UCLA, the LA Rams and the Dodgers used to play. When the
Dodgers opened their own stadium in 1962 union workers transferred to
the new park and brought union solidarity with them. There are now about
4,000 workers statewide at such facilities as Dodger Stadium, Staples
Center, The Great Western Forum, The Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena,
the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Anaheim Convention
Centers, Hollywood Park Casino, Oakland Coliseum, Arco Arena of
Sacramento, Anaheim Convention Center, Edison International Field of
Anaheim, San Jose Arena and AT&T Park.
The giant theme park opened with all union employees in 1955 and since
then the workforce has been divided into three major sectors:
entertainment, building and construction and service. USWW, the
Hotel and Restaurant Employees and the United Food and Commercial
Workers unions represent the service workers at the Disneyland and at
California Adventure. In 1984 all three sectors underwent a major battle
to maintain wages and benefits for Disneyland workers. Now more than
2,000 employees at Disneyland and California Adventure are members of USWW.
For more than 50 years racetrack workers have
been members of our Local. Jockey valets, janitors, security, ushers,
ticket takers and other workers were the first non-janitorial members of
the local. They struck for health insurance in the 1960s and were
successful. We now represent approximately 1,000 workers at several
major racetracks throughout the state including Hollywood Park, Santa
Anita, Pomona Fairly and Los Alamitos Race course in the South and Bay
Meadows, Golden Gate Fields, and Cal Expo in Northern California.
The people who live in high end condominiums and apartment buildings
need quality services provided by USWW members who work as doormen,
janitors , grounds and maintenance crews. Residential workers in
California have been union for almost 75 years.
Entertainment Venue Workers:
County Fairs, theaters, golf courses and bowling alleys are open for business because of the work that USWW members do.