Los Angeles–In what may prove to be the "tipping point" in L.A.’s year-old hotel labor dispute, the famed 570-room Beverly Hilton Hotel has reached an agreement with UNITE HERE Local 11 that improves workers’ wages, maintains free family health benefits, and expires in 2006. Nearly half the LA area hotels with contracts that expired in 2004 have now settled with the union. In addition to the Beverly Hilton, the other settled hotels are the Bel Air, Radisson Wilshire Plaza, Luxe Summit Rodeo Drive, Sportsmen’s Lodge, and Holiday Inn Convention Center.
In sharp contrast, eight hotels of the L.A. Hotel Employer’s Council (EC) refuse to accept a similar offer from the union. These hotels are: the Biltmore, Bonaventure, Wilshire Grand, Hyatt Regency, Sheraton Universal, Beverly Wilshire, Hyatt on Sunset, and Century Plaza.
Representatives at the news conference from the National Educational Association and the California Teachers Association will describe how the on-going labor dispute may impact the NEA’s annual convention in Los Angeles this July. The NEA convention is one of the largest annual gatherings nationally, bringing some 15,000 delegates to the host city.
UNITE HERE Local 11 estimates the EC hotels have already foregone more than $10 million in revenues as a result of the dispute and the boycott.
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