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Boycott checks in for kudos

Orgs seeking other venues for awards ceremonies

The Writers Guild of America West, the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America might be forced to scramble for new awards sites thanks to a just-launched union boycott of nine luxury hotels that includes the Century Plaza.

The orgs had announced last summer that they had selected the venue, with the PGA kudos set for Jan. 22, DGA opting for Jan. 29 and the WGA West choosing Feb. 19. The WGA East ceremonies will take place simultaneously in New York at the Pierre Hotel.

“It’s likely we are going to look at other venues but the ultimate decision will be one that the board will have to make,” said WGA West assistant exec director Cheryl Rhoden.

“We support our sister union and are actively seeking other venues,” a PGA spokesman said.

Los Angeles hotel workers repped by Unite Here called Wednesday for a boycott of the hotels due to lack of progress in contract talks. The union has asked supporters to avoid eating, meeting or sleeping at the Century Plaza, Millennium Biltmore, Bonaventure, Hyatt Regency, Wilshire Grand, Regent Beverly Wilshire, St. Regis, Hyatt West Hollywood and the Sheraton Universal.

The WGA West allowed Unite Here to distribute materials during its reception in July at the Century Plaza during the Television Critics Assn. tour.

Both the WGA and DGA have about 12,000 members. The PGA, which doesn’t have collective-bargaining agreements, has about 2,000 members and acts as an advocacy group for the profession.

More than a dozen San Francisco hotels have locked out about 4,000 Unite Here members for a month over contract conflicts. Those negotiations resumed Wednesday.

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