HOTELS' WORKERS APPROVE NEW PACT.
Byline: Rick Orlov Staff Writer
Hotel workers overwhelmingly ratified a new contract Thursday, averting what one official estimated could have been the loss of tens of millions of dollars from tourism as summer vacations Summer vacation (also called summer holidays or summer break) is a vacation in the summertime between school years in which students are off for 3 months, depending on the country and district. begin.
Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. , who helped broker the agreement after two marathon meetings with hotel operators and union leaders in his City Hall offices last week, said the agreement showed the world ``Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. is open for business.''
``We are telling people who canceled their meetings here because of the fear of boycotts to come back, that we are ready for them and want them to come here,'' said Villaraigosa, who takes office on July 1. ``And, I'm ready I'm Ready is the double platinum second release from R&B singer Tevin Campbell. I'm Ready yielded the biggest R&B hit of his career the #1 R&B smash "Can We Talk", and produce 3 more successful hits in "I'm Ready", "Always In My Heart" and "Don't Say Goodbye Girl". to do my part to sell the city. I'll call CEOs and anyone else it takes to spread the word.''
Villaraigosa appeared at a news conference in front of Disney Hall with hotel operators, tourism officials and members of UNITE Here UNITE HERE is a labor union with more than 450,000 active members in the United States and Canada, predominantly in the hotel, food service, apparel and textile manufacturing, laundry, warehouse, and casino gaming industries. , Local 11, which represents the 2,800 workers at seven major hotels that set the standard for pay and benefits in the city.
The contract, which received support from 98 percent of the workers, increases wages for non-tipped employees by 15 cents an hour beginning in October, with hourly increases of 25 cents in each of the two following years. It also increases overtime pay for workers who do receive tips and guarantees family health insurance.
The parties had been negotiating for 14 months and were stalled with the threat of a lockout lockout, intentional closing up of a company, factory, or shop by an employer to prevent employees from working during a strike or labor dispute. The term lockout starting last weekend.