Chancellor, Trustees Cross Picket Line for Meeting at Boycotted Hotel

CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and the CSU Trustees issued a very public slap in the face to working people and unionized employees Monday when they defiantly crossed a picket line to attend a closed door meeting at the Long Beach Hyatt, a hotel currently under boycott by Unite Here Local 11.

This action comes less than two months after Long Beach residents and hotel workers – including CSU students, parents and faculty – spoke before the Trustees and asked them to do the right thing and respect the boycott.

View the letter from the hotel workers urging the Trustees to honor the boycott

Despite giving lip-service support to the hotel workers when they addressed the Trustees in January, the Chancellor scheduled a special meeting at the Hyatt yesterday. Interestingly, the CSU has suitable meeting facilities just down the street at CSU headquarters – which are the Trustees usual meeting place and could have been used without wasting additional taxpayer dollars.

Three of the Ex-Officio elected leaders on the Board of Trustees – Speaker John Perez, Spt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom – sent Reed and the rest of the Trustees a letter condemning their decision to hold the meeting.

Read the Ex-Officio Letter

“The Chancellor’s brazen crossing of the Hyatt picket line shows just how little regard this man has for labor unions. His actions Monday display an utter lack of respect for the dignity and worth of the Hyatt workers,” said CFA President Lillian Taiz, a professor of History at CSU Los Angeles.