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Santa Monica Council Updates Labor Peace Standards; Supports Gay Games
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Convention and Visitors Bureau Santa Monica

By Jonathan Friedman
Associate Editor

August 29, 2016 -- The City Council voted unanimously last week to update the so-called labor peace standards that are included in the lease agreements between the City and those renting space on the Santa Monica Pier and public portions of the Third Street Promenade.

Clauses for labor peace have been included in City lease agreements for years to make sure revenue is not interrupted during worker/management disputes.

The updated language is based on what LAX uses for its food service. It was included in leasing standards recently revised for the Santa Monica Airport.

A lessee must provide proof to the City that it has an agreement with unions that “prohibits the labor organization and its members from engaging in any picketing, work stoppages, boycotts, or any other economic interference.”

City Councilmember Kevin McKeown said, “We own the land, [and] the City and the taxpayers get a revenue stream out of the use of the land. And labor peace guarantees that revenue stream will not be inappropriately interrupted by a strike or other labor action.”

Also at the meeting, the council voted unanimously for a resolution supporting the City of Los Angeles’ bid to host the Gay Games in 2022.

Mayor Tony Vazquez and Councilmember Pam O’Connor had proposed the resolution at the encouragement of the West Hollywood City Council (“Gay Games Bid Could Earn Santa Monica Council’s Backing,” August 19, 2016).

The Gay Games began in 1982 and has never taken place in Southern California. The current proposal does not state whether any events are planned specifically for Santa Monica.

McKeown, who noted that the recently concluded Summer Olympics featured a record number of openly gay athletes, said he supported the Gay Games bid with a hope that “we’re not going to be needing to do (it) forever.”

Forty-nine openly gay atletes participated in the Summer Olympic games in Rio, twice as many as took part in 2012 London games, according to "Outsports" magazine.

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