Monday, April 13, 2009

Union Contract Signed

O happy day ...

Today's contract signing between LAX Radisson Hotel and its workers (Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union Local 814) signals a new era in cooperation between management and labor.

This is a great contract, giving an immediate raise in salaries and free health care. Needless to say, the elation in the room was palpable.

The worker have struggled for 7 years and through two owners to arrive at this happy day.

Congratulations to the Radisson - this great day represents a new America - the pie is large enough for everyone to have a decent slice.

JUSTICE IS PROFITABLE!

The owners of the Radisson Los Angeles Airport Hotel have agreed to their first contract with the Unite Here Local 11 union, granting workers a $12.3 million increase in wages and expanding the availability of health benefits, union officials said Monday.The deal came after months of negotiations following the hotel workers’ card-check vote last fall to become part of the Unite Here union. Besides the $12.3 million total increase in wages, all employees working at least 25 hours a week will be eligible for health benefits, as well as access to a pension plan. Further details of the contract were not immediately available.

With this deal, the 580-room Radisson hotel becomes the fourth airport area hotel to sign a union contract; the other three are the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton LAX Hotel and the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at LAX. Only one major airport-area hotel, the Hilton, has remained non-union.

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