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Hotel workers settle.

Hotel workers settle

A scheduled strike by 3,000 employees was averted when the Hotel Association of Washington, DC, and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 25 agreed on a 3-year contract. A major issue in the talks was management's demand that employees begin paying part of health insurance premium costs. Under the settlement, the 15 hotels will continue to pay full premium costs, but the two health insurance plans were replaced by preferred provider type plans. Other terms included 5-percent annual increases in wage rates.

As usual, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees accord with the Hotel Association set a pattern for settlements for 2,500 workers the union represents at independent hotels.

In San Francisco, CA, Local 2 of the union settled with 38 hotels on longer-than-usual contracts to enable union officials to devote more time to organizing nonunion employees at five hotels. At the time of the settlements, the local reportedly represented about 7,000 hotel employees in the city, or 82 percent of the total.

The new 5-year contracts, which succeeded 3-year contracts, provided for nontipped employees to receive a 30-cent-an-hour wage increase in the first year and 35-cent increases in the other years. Wages for tipped employees were frozen for the contract term, but these employees will be paid at double time for vacations. An exception to the wage freeze was bellpersons, who received an immediate 20-cent increase in the $1.30 "per bag" rate for handling the luggage of tour groups, followed by a 10-cent increase in 1990.
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Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Dec 1, 1989
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