A tentative national agreement will settle longtime disputes between Hyatt Hotels Corp. and UNITE HERE, a union of hospitality workers in the U.S. and Canada, and it created a framework to help both organizations work together in the future.
Leading to the national agreement was a labor dispute among UNITE HERE Local 11, Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Hyatt the Pike Long Beach. Although the dispute was resolved in California, the settlement opened a dialogue with the local Hyatt hotels, which then led to discussions with Hyatt Hotels Corp. on a national level.
“We look forward to a new collaborative relationship with Hyatt. This agreement shows that when workers across the hotel industry stand together, they can move forward, even in a tough economy,” said D. Taylor, president, UNITE HERE. “Both organizations deserve credit for working out this constructive step forward.”
The agreement goes into effect upon settlement and ratification of union contracts by Hyatt associates in San Francisco, Honolulu, Los Angeles and Chicago. Pending associate approval, the contracts will provide retroactive wage increases and maintain health care and pension benefits. The proposed new contracts would cover associates into 2018.
“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,” said Doug Patrick, senior vice president of human resources, Hyatt. Headquartered in Chicago, Hyatt Hotels Corp. is a global hospitality company.
A provision of the agreement establishes a fair process, which includes a mechanism for employees at many Hyatt hotels to vote on whether they wish to be represented by UNITE HERE. As part of the accord, upon ratification of the union contracts, UNITE HERE will end its global boycott of Hyatt.
In negotiations for two years with Hyatt Hotels Corp. over a range of issues, UNITE HERE started a week-long strike of more than 3,000 workers in October 2011. The union also waged a campaign to urge travelers and meeting planners to boycott Hyatt hotels.