MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Workers gathered in front of the Diplomat Hotel on Friday to demand a signed commitment to bring back 650 employees they say have contributed decades of work to keep the hotel running.
The workers say all they want is to know that when their jobs will be available. They say they will not be replaced with lower-paid, younger employees.READ MORE: Shooting Investigation at Miami Gardens Gas Station
“These are women, mostly people of color, overwhelmingly immigrant workers who have given their lives to this hotel and they wanna come back and continue to make the hotel a success,” said a former employee.READ MORE: Passing Asteroid Lights Up South Florida Sky
The workers include housekeepers, cooks, servers and bellmen.MORE NEWS: Woman Fatally Shot By Police Serving Eviction At Brickell Building Identified As 40-Year-Old Stephanie Voikin
Their union is also calling on Broward County legislators to tell business owners to bring back their long-time employees, especially as the tourism industry begins to rebound.