Norwalk, CT – December 10, 2013 – HEI Hotels & Resorts and labor union UNITE HERE affirmed today the formation of a long-term partnership focused on generating mutual growth and improving industry-wide labor relations through communication. While details of the strategic relationship are not being announced, the agreement resolves all ongoing matters between the union and HEI.
"Today marks a milestone for the hotel industry and organized labor," said Anthony Rutledge, Chief Executive Officer of HEI Hotels & Resorts. "For decades, organized labor and hotel owners have struggled to create a format to share ideas and concerns openly, honestly and in a positive manner. The long term partnership we forged with UNITE HERE will now change that, with improvements that will be mutually beneficial to HEI, UNITE HERE and the broader hotel industry."
Within this new relationship, UNITE HERE has agreed to immediately terminate its campaign and activities against HEI and its hotels, investors, clients, guests, partners and representatives. The agreement also provides a framework for HEI and UNITE HERE to grow together in the future.
"We are excited about a more collaborative relationship with HEI Hotels that will benefit both the company and hotel workers nationwide," said D. Taylor, the President of UNITE HERE. "Working together, we can ensure that open dialogue on such important issues will have long standing benefits for all constituents."