Hyatt Settles Longtime Dispute with Union

Ending a four-year labor dispute between the two organizations, Hyatt Hotels Corp. has reached a tentative agreement with UNITE HERE, the union of hospitality workers in the United States and Canada, it announced this week.

“We look forward to a new collaborative relationship with Hyatt,” D. Taylor, the president of UNITE HERE, said in a statement. “This agreement shows that when workers across the hotel industry stand together, they can move forward, even in a tough economy. Both organizations deserve credit for working out this constructive step forward.”

The agreement — in response to complaints from the union about low wages and poor working conditions — provides retroactive wage increases and maintains employees’ current health care and pension benefits through 2018. The agreement will go into effect once hotel workers in Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco — who have staged a series of one-day strikes in those cities over the past two years — approve new union contracts.

Said Doug Patrick, senior vice president, human resources, for Hyatt, “We are delighted that our associates in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Waikiki will have contracts and the pay raises that go with them.”

    

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