UNITE HERE Local 11 and the Anaheim Hilton hotel reached a tentative contract agreement this week that includes continued, affordable family healthcare and raises for the some 700 hotel workers.
"We are very happy to have settled such a great contract," said Adrianna de Martinez, an Anaheim Hilton housekeeper. "We are grateful to management for understanding our needs and respecting us enough to agree to a deal that is fair for both sides."
The three-year contract includes a signing bonus, a $.40 raise in 2011 and $.60 raise in 2012 for all non-tipped workers. Tipped employees in banquets and in-room dining won a signing bonus and greater share of the hotel’s service charge. The bell desk employees won increases in delivery fees and more money when guests store baggage, increasing their take-home pay.
In perhaps the biggest victory, the hotel agreed to increase healthcare contributions to ensure that workers will continue to have access to family medical and dental care.
A ratification vote is scheduled for next week.