For immediate release
April 7, 2011
Monterey, CA–UNITE HERE Local 483 and the Hilton Garden Inn Monterey announced a new agreement to resolve a lengthy labor dispute between them along with a mutual agreement to move forward with a cooperative and mutually beneficial labor-management approach. Under their new agreement, which directly involves RB Monterey as the hotel’s new owner, employees will continue to be paid at or above the rates that apply at other Monterey Bay area hotels, while now also being provided union pension, medical insurance, and other benefits. The Hotel and the Union also set aside all of their ongoing disputes and agreed to move forward with a new four-year contract addressing all of their mutual labor and hotel business issues.
Todd Walter, a representative of RB Monterey’s ownership group, said: "We genuinely appreciate the time and effort that the Union has put into resolving this dispute. With this resolution and the new cooperative spirit between the Union and our Hotel, we are confident that we can continue with our Hotel’s business goals and remain as both a stable and growing part of the Monterey Bay hospitality industry."
Leonard O’Neill, the Union’s Secretary-Treasurer and chief spokesperson, stated: "We always have been committed to representing our members by providing them not only with the best wages and benefits in the Monterey Bay area hospitality industry, but also by helping the businesses at which they work remain as healthy and growing members of our community."