L.A. hotel strike: 28 hotels reached tentative deals with workers


The new year has brought more progress in contract talks between Southern California hotels and the union that represents their workers.

Unite Here Local 11 this week secured tentative agreements with four more properties in Los Angeles County. The union announced a deal with the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica on Monday. The union said Friday it had also secured deals with Sheraton Universal, Line Hotel and 1 Hotel West Hollywood.

Unite Here Local 11 represents thousands of housekeepers, cooks, dishwashers, servers and front desk workers in Southern California who have been pushing for higher pay and better benefits. The latest agreements cover nearly 1,000 workers, said union spokesperson Maria Hernandez.

In all, the union has reached tentative agreements with 28 hotels, nearly half of some 60 properties in Los Angeles and Orange counties initially targeted by intermittent strikes that started in July.

The union has declined to give specifics on wages and other economic details of the agreements it has reached so far, and none of the 28 contracts has been put to a vote by workers. Hernandez has said that, once ratified by workers at the various hotels, the contracts will raise wages, strengthen pensions and increase investments in healthcare.

In a news release Friday announcing new agreements, the union called out Aimbridge Hospitality, Blackstone and Ensemble, firms that own or operate a number of hotels still in talks with the union.

“Tourism is booming. Room rates are soaring. The World Cup is around the corner. While we recognize the growing list of hotels signing this historic agreement, we are appalled that Aimbridge operated hotels such as the Hyatt Regency LAX and Pasadena Hilton fail so miserably to listen to their workers,” said Kurt Petersen, co-president of Unite Here Local 11, in the release.

Spokespeople with Aimbridge Hospitality, Blackstone and Ensemble did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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