Media Advisory for Tues., Nov. 23, 2021 — SEIU 721, Other Labor Groups, to Hold Rally and Press Conference Calling for Transparency, Seat at the Table in 2028 LA Olympic Games Decisions

City of Los Angeles Employees Will Join Fast Food, Hospitality, and Rideshare and Delivery Workers to Call for Transparency Around LA’s Plans for 2028 Olympics; Demand a Meaningful Say in Working Conditions Related to the Games

LOS ANGELES — At a rally and press conference outside Tuesday’s LA City Council meeting, SEIU 721 and other labor groups that represent workers for hotels, fast-food restaurants, gig companies, and other entities will demand a meaningful seat at the table and a say in working conditions related to the city’s plans for the 2028 Olympics to ensure the highest labor standards possible.

Workers will also call on council members and city agencies to commit to transparency as they make decisions about the games that will affect thousands of workers and multiple communities in the Los Angeles area. In addition, they will call on the city to ensure it has the staff and internal infrastructure necessary to handle workers’ needs and concerns.

On Wednesday, the City of Los Angeles released a proposed Games Agreement with LA28, the private nonprofit set to organize the 2028 games, that had few details on local hiring, transparency and accountability, and other key issues. Workers were not consulted on the agreement, even though its provisions will shape whether workers and the most vulnerable people in LA’s communities will benefit from the 2028 Olympics — or if they will be left behind as has happened in other Olympic host cities.

At the press conference, workers and labor leaders will raise concerns about the Games Agreement and the process in which it was developed — and will demand that workers get a say in its provisions before it is approved by council members. They’ll also call for transparent, worker-inclusive processes for decisions around the Olympic Games moving forward and will comment on how the games could affect conditions for tens of thousands of workers and Angelenos.

WHO: SEIU Local 721, Fight for $15, Mobile Workers Alliance, other labor groups.

WHAT: Press conference to demand the city provide workers a meaningful seat at the table regarding the 2028 Olympics and related plans — and for the city to commit to transparency around these efforts.

WHERE: Outside LA City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 (on the West Steps).

WHEN: Tuesday, November 23 at 10 a.m.

Visuals: Workers and labor leaders holding pro-workers signs.


Contact: Tim Sandoval at (213) 218-5855

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