As the June 13th legislative meeting in Anaheim approaches, Unite Here Local 11 and the hotel industry are engaging in a robust debate over proposed legislation concerning mandatory panic buttons, increased wages, and workload limitations in the hospitality sector.

Unite Here Local 11 is advocating for significant wage hikes, workload regulations, and enhanced worker safety through the implementation of panic buttons, with the goal of minimizing workplace harassment and violence.

However, hoteliers are expressing concerns about the potential negative financial impact on the Anaheim Hospitality sector due to these proposed measures.

Both sides agree on the importance of implementing panic button solutions that incorporate indoor geolocation technology to further enhance the safety of hotel workers.

In response to these concerns, Location Tech, an authorized application provider for Motorola Solutions, is collaborating with the Anaheim hospitality sector. Led by former Navy SEAL Jeff Engel, Location Tech offers a range of solutions that go beyond panic buttons, specializing in advanced safety technologies that not only improve security but also reduce costs.

Apart from panic buttons, Location Tech provides a comprehensive platform with features such as leak detection, waste monitoring, occupancy sensors, movement sensors, geolocation-enabled radios, and other IoT/smart solutions. Engel and his leadership team have developed an offering that extends beyond a simple panic button solution, providing a suite of solutions that address various needs.

Some hotels view Location Tech’s offering as an efficiency strategy. These technologies have the potential to streamline operations and improve efficiency while enhancing staff safety. However, it is crucial to strike a balance to ensure that this does not lead to reduced working hours for employees and increased demands for compensation, as some union advocates suggest.

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With the legislative meeting quickly approaching, it is important for the community to participate in the discussion and help shape the future of Anaheim’s hospitality industry. Balancing worker safety with economic sustainability is a significant challenge, and our community is well-equipped to tackle it.

We invite all stakeholders, including workers, hoteliers, and the wider community, to attend the legislative meeting on June 13th, contribute to the discussion, and play a role in shaping this critical legislation for Anaheim’s hospitality industry.