At Four Twenty Seven, we spend a lot of time thinking about how climate change will impact our communities and how these risks will exacerbate existing inequalities. We know that communities cannot be truly resilient to climate change impacts if working families – the very people that make those communities thrive – cannot attain economic equity and security. As a result, we strive to address social, environmental and economic equity issues when developing adaptation solutions for governments and businesses across sectors and geographies.
While we fully support UNITE HERE’s efforts to form a union for the employees of the Long Beach Renaissance hotel, we also support the adaptation community and understand the value of convening this community every other year to share best practices, discover innovative ideas, and forge new partnerships to build stronger communities. This is why we were so conflicted when deciding whether to attend the California Adaptation Forum this September in Long Beach.
We appreciate the Local Government Commission’s (LGC) efforts to engage with both UNITE HERE and the Renaissance Long Beach hotel as well as their open communication with all conference attendees to educate us about this ongoing labor dispute. We also understand that moving the event to another venue was financially impossible for LGC to do within a very limited timeframe.
Therefore, we’ve decided to attend the Forum as an organization (though individual team members may choose to not participate in conference events inside the hotel) and to use this as an opportunity to find ways to support UNITE HERE and the employees of the Renaissance Long Beach hotel by communicating our position to hotel management, the media, our networks and the larger adaptation community.
Here are a few of the actions we plan to take to make our voice heard – we encourage you to join us in these efforts:
- Sign and send a letter to the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel Management explaining how the labor dispute has impacted your decision to stay at the hotel, and, most importantly, your decision not to patronize their hotel in the future until Renaissance management agrees to engage with UNITE HERE. A letter template that you can personalize and send is available here.
- Join us in patronizing only Union endorsed hotels when you travel and attend conferences going forward – you can find up-to-date information on current boycotts and endorsed hotels at fairhotel.org.
- Engage with UNITE HERE during your stay in Long Beach to learn more about the ongoing labor dispute and how you can support all of their efforts. The Local Government Commission is currently in active discussions with UNITE HERE to identify actions that Forum attendees can take to help make progress before, during and after the Forum – please contact Kif Scheuer for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being a part of this vibrant community of adaptation professionals and for any actions that you can take to support UNITE HERE. We look forward to seeing you at the Forum in Long Beach in a few short weeks!
The Four Twenty Seven team