Offers a $1,000 Signing Bonus, Substantial Pay Hike and Free Health Care Aimed
to Bring Stalled Contract Talks to a Quick Conclusion
|LOS ANGELES - May 16, 2005 -- The Los Angeles
Hotel Employer's Council on Monday proposed a radically restructured economic
package to union members aimed at bringing stalled contract talks to a
The new proposal offers a $1,000 signing bonus and a more than 20% wage hike for non-tipped employees over the four-year term of the contract. The offer also includes free-health care -- without co-pays, deductibles or employee contributions of any kind -- and an increase to pension and health and welfare funds.
"This is a substantial offer, giving employees an unprecedented pay and benefits package," said Brian Fitzgerald, president of the Los Angeles Hotel Employer's Council. "The time to end these contract negotiations is now, for the good of the hotels, our employees and the Los Angeles economy."
The Hotel Council offer also includes the reimbursement
of $10 weekly health care co-payments retroactive to July 1, 2004, to be
paid within fifteen days of the date that the Union notifies the Council
in writing that the contract is accepted. That reimbursement could mean
up to an additional $300 to each employee.
The Hotel Council made it clear in their written offer to UNITE HERE Local 11 leadership that the proposal is a one-time only offer. It is not a new position from which to begin another round of slow moving negotiations.
"We hope the Union and its leadership will take this very seriously," said Fitzgerald. "Not only is this offer vastly superior to the short-term contracts that the Union has endorsed at other Los Angeles hotels, including the Hotel Bel-Air and Beverly Hilton, it is also much more generous than some contracts ratified recently in cities across the country."
Negotiations for a new labor contract between the Hotel Council and Local 11 have been dragging on for 14 months. Because there is no contract, hotel employees have missed three wage increases, as well as countless lost wages and tips from the ill effects of a union-sponsored boycott.
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of the Los Angeles Archdiocese has called for a return to serious consideration of a contract and a prompt conclusion to negotiations. The Hotel Council agrees with the Cardinal and hopes that the Union too will embrace his call for ending this needless stalemate.
The new four-year proposal would include large signing bonuses to be paid on ratification of the contract as follows:
"Now is the time to reach an agreement," said
Fitzgerald. "Let's end the boycott, which is taking thousands of dollars
out of employees' pockets with fewer hours, shifts and lost tips. Now is
the time for the Union and the Hotels to finally reach a settlement."
Los Angeles Hotel Employer's Council
|Also See:||US Hotels and Their Workers - Room for Improvement / September 2002|
|Unite Here Los Angeles Hotel Workers Call for Boycott of Nine Luxury Hotels as Contentious Labor Talks Continue / November 2004|