Thursday, July 5, 2012

Community Condemns Attempted Repeal of Living Wage Ordinance


Thursday, July 5
10:00 a.m.
Outside the San Diego Convention Center (South End)
One Park Boulevard at Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

After hoteliers orchestrate takeover at the San Diego Convention Center, troubling signs that city law and workers’ livelihoods may be threatened.

A press conference where labor and economic leaders will explain concerns over discovery that the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau (ConVis) has explored the possibility of exempting Convention Center workers from San Diego's living wage ordinance. Thousands of San Diegans rely on the living wage and must know that the city's leaders remain 100% committed to upholding the rule.

Speakers will condemn an attempt to create an exemption to San Diego's living wage ordinance through a new sales and marketing agreement between the San Diego Convention Center Corporation and San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau. They will outline the absolute necessity of San Diego's living wage laws and call on our leaders to not only adhere to the law, but never treat the rule or the principle as negotiable. The topic sets a troubling tone as ConVis begins to take over Convention Center bookings on behalf of hoteliers who have already tested the limits of the law more than enough.

Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO, San Diego Labor Council
Clare Crawford, Executive Director, Center on Policy Initiatives
Dion Davila, Food Service Worker, San Diego Convention Center. 


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