In a remarkable show of solidarity with striking workers, Lionel Messi and Inter Miami CF have decided to change their Los Angeles-area hotel accommodations. Originally scheduled to stay at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, the team had to reconsider their plans due to the ongoing strike involving workers from approximately 60 hotels across Los Angeles and Orange Counties. This labor dispute had led to a walkout at 13 hotels, including the Fairmont Miramar.
Represented by Unite Here! Local 11, the striking workers issued a plea to Inter Miami to choose an alternative location for their stay. They expressed their concerns in a statement: “As housekeepers, cooks, bellmen, and servers, we ask Lionel Messi and his teammates to stand in solidarity with us and stay out of the Fairmont Miramar.”
Fortunately, it seems that the message was received and acted upon. According to union spokesperson Maria Hernandez, Inter Miami has opted to relocate to a different hotel. The union expressed its gratitude with a statement: “Thank you to the great Lionel Messi and his teammates for agreeing to move from the hotel and stand in solidarity with striking workers!”
This gesture of support is not the first notable event in Lionel Messi’s journey with Inter Miami. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who clinched his first World Cup victory with Argentina last year, joined the team in July. Since then, Inter Miami has experienced a remarkable surge in performance, remaining undefeated in 10 matches and securing victories in both the Leagues Cup and U.S. Open Cup.
Messi’s impact extends beyond the field, as his decision to change accommodations in support of striking workers highlights his commitment to broader social issues. It serves as a reminder that sports can be a powerful platform for advocating positive change and solidarity with those facing workplace challenges.