The lieutenant governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis, along with other elected officials, has penned an open letter urging pop superstar Taylor Swift to postpone her upcoming concerts in Los Angeles. The officials argue that the tour is greatly benefiting hotels in the region, who are charging exorbitant prices due to Swift's popularity. Meanwhile, many hotel workers, including housekeepers, are struggling to make ends meet and are even forced to sleep in their cars.
In the letter, the officials appeal to Swift's sense of justice, asking her to stand in solidarity with the hotel workers who are currently on strike. They emphasize that these workers are fighting for a living wage and better working conditions. The plea is for Swift to show her support by postponing her concerts and amplifying the voices of these workers.
Swift is scheduled to perform six sold-out shows at SoFi Stadium near Los Angeles, starting Thursday. Her representatives have yet to respond to the letter.
Unite Here Local 11, a union representing approximately 30,000 hotel workers, is currently negotiating better wages, healthcare benefits, pension contributions, and lighter workloads. Contracts for over 60 hotels, including major chains like Marriott and Hilton, expired last month.
Kounalakis, a Democrat who has expressed her intention to run for governor in 2026, is leading the effort to garner Swift's support. She herself attended one of Swift's previous concerts on the Eras tour in Santa Clara, California.
The open letter has received widespread support among other officials as well, including mayors from various cities and prominent state senators and assembly members. Together, they hope that Swift will join their cause and help bring attention to the struggles faced by hotel workers in the region.