On April 5, Space Needle workers who cook and serve food, run the elevators, and staff private banquet events ratified a new Union contract with their employer. The new contract received unanimous support from the bargaining committee and from all of the workers who turned out to the ratification vote, following a 5+ year campaign.
Highlights of the new agreement include enhanced job security; pension and a paid lunch break for the elevator operators; and $.50 raises per year for non-tipped workers.
“One of our biggest concerns with the previous offers was that they did not include enough job-security protections for our members,” said Erik Van Rossum, President of UNITE HERE Local 8. “This agreement includes strong job safeguards during the upcoming Century Project renovations. And with this agreement, our members won’t have to worry about construction length impacting their rights to return to their jobs.”