Among the more than 100 attendees at the Feb. 15 were immigrant rights leaders, members of the LGBT and faith communities, and workers from other Washington State hotels and restaurants.
The Seattle Westin Hotel employs about 500 workers. For the past eight months, workers and community members have worked tirelessly to make hotel jobs good, family-wage jobs. Key wins for workers include job security, continuity of their health insurance coverage, substantial wage increases, a safer workload to prevent injures, and strong discrimination protections.
And in Sacramento, Hilton hotel workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 49, voted Feb. 8 to approve a new three-year contract with the Sacramento Hilton Arden West. Like the contract approved by Sacramento Sheraton workers in December, the new Hilton contract significantly raises wages and reduces housekeeper workload, and doubles the hotel’s contribution to employee healthcare over the three years of the contract. Raises for the months since the contract’s initial expiration will take effect immediately, and wages, benefits, and working conditions will be protected should the hotel be sold.
Contracts are set to expire at Sacramento’s three other major union hotels: the Radisson, the Clarion, and the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza. Local 49 members will fight to see that workers at these hotels enjoy the same gains that Hilton and Sheraton workers can now count on.