Hotel workers in Los Angeles achieved two significant victories in their contract fight this week. First, the LA Hotel Employers’ Council (EC) shrank from eight to seven hotels when the former Hyatt Regency Downtown was acquired by a new owner, who, not being bound by the EC’s rules, signed the 2004-2006 agreement with Local 11. The hotel will now fly a Sheraton flag but will not be operated by Starwood. Moreover, as a signatory to a collective bargaining agreement with Local 11 the hotel will no longer be subject to a boycott. This is the seventh L.A. hotel to sign a 2006contract. Second, a split in the solidarity of the EC was achieved when the General Manager of the Wilshire Grand Hotel agreed with Local 11 to advocate that the EC hotels accept the union’s contract proposal with a 2006 expiration. While legally prevented from negotiating separately with Local 11 by virtue of membership in the EC, EC members can still express an opinion as to the course the council should follow. Local 11 has agreed to no longer actively implement the boycott of the Wilshire Grand, which had lost an estimated $2.1 million in revenues.