On Monday April 13th, the Radisson LAX hotel signed a union contract giving significant wage increases, free family health insurance and providing safer working conditions for the 160 hotel workers who work at the hotel. Hotel workers from the Sheraton Gateway, Four Points LAX, and Westin LAX also joined the Radisson LAX workers to celebrate their recently won victories. Hotel workers at all four hotels will now be covered by union contracts with UNITE HERE Local 11. The Hilton LAX is the last of the hotels that was part of UNITE HERE Local 11’s ‘New Century’ campaign that is still non union, and is still being boycotted by UNITE HERE Local 11.
The Radisson LAX contract gives workers a $2.60 wage increase over the three years of the contract. Banquet servers will go from earning $15 an hour to a projected $30 an hour with the service charges over the life of the contract. Furthermore, workers and their families will receive free family health insurance. With all four hotel union contracts giving workers significant wage increases over three years, these contracts will mean that hotel workers will earn an extra $12.3 million in wages through 2012. This extra income will directly benefit local communities and the LAX area where these workers live and work. Of that $12.3 million, workers will reinvest over an estimated two-thirds, or $8.4 million, back into the local community. This creates a "multiplier effect" and this reinvestment will in turn generate an estimated ADDITIONAL $2.9 million in revenue for the local community. Over the next three years, this additional revenue will create approximately 93 new full-time jobs in the local community.
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