On Friday, March 30th, the Floor Housekeepers at the Intercontinental Times Square voted unanimously to ratify their first union contract. The eight floor housekeepers are now part of the same Union as the rest of the housekeeping department, and are protected by the same contract.
This contract represents a huge economic victory for the workers in terms of wages and benefits. The eight members received raises of $2.50 an hour or more, which comes to an immediate 13% raise for the majority of the supervisors, retroactive to February 13th of this year. This contract also gives the workers guaranteed yearly wage raises, something they never had before. By the end of this contract, the new members will see their wages rise by nearly 29%, reaching an hourly wage for the majority of the Floor Housekeepers of $34.44 by 2019. The workers are now also eligible to receive 100% employer-funded family health care, and have the choice to join the wholly employer-funded pension plan.
Along with the wage increases, the Floor Housekeepers won the many rights that our Industry-Wide Agreement provides over 27,000 other hotel workers here in New York City. They are now protected by rights such as job security, scheduling rights, overtime after 8 hours a day as well as 40 hours a week, the strongest health and safety language in the industry, and protections if the hotel is sold or transferred to a different management company, to name a few.