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Golden Globe Awards Picket Averted as Beverly Hilton Reaches Tentative Deal to End Hotel Workers Strike

The prospect of a picket line outside the Beverly Hilton on Golden Globe Awards day has been averted now that the hotel has reached a tentative agremeent to end the weeks-old walkout.

The hotel and Unite Here Local 11 released a joint statement on Friday afternoon. “Together the iconic Beverly Hilton and its employees set the stage for the awards season, and we are delighted to be able to do so once again,” the statement read.

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After two long strikes that dominated Hollywood this year, the potential for striking workers to target the Globes would have been an enormous problem for many attendees. Many actors and writers who spent months walking picket lines earlier this year would surely be unwilling to cross a picket line to attend a glitzy award ceremony. The 81st annual Golden Globe Awards are set for Jan. 7 in a ceremony to air live on CBS. Nominations will be unveiled on Dec. 11.

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Hotel workers affiliated with Unite Here Local 11 have been on strike against dozens of hotels in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica since July. The union’s focus has been on securing strong wage increases to offset the steep rise in inflation, as well as improvements in health care and pension benefits.

The labor action by Unite Here continues in other areas of the city. Striking workers in recent days have mounted a larger presence in and around Los Angeles International Airport, where hotel and food service workers are on a work stoppage.

The entertainment industry ground to a halt last spring when the Writers Guild of America began a 148-day strike on May 2. SAG-AFTRA went out for the first time in more than 40 years on July 14 for 118 days. SAG-AFTRA’s new contract was formally ratified on Dec. 5.

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