N.Y. Hotel and Motel Trades Council Reach Tentative Agreement; Hilton Also
Agrees with UNITE HERE on 'Partnership for Future Growth'
|BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - July 29, 2006 -- Hilton Hotels Corporation
(NYSE:HLT) today announced a tentative agreement with the New York Hotel
and Motel Trades Council on a new contract relating to the Hilton New York
and Waldorf=Astoria Hotels, and also announced a five-year agreement with
UNITE HERE that the parties have termed a "Partnership for Future Growth."
The New York agreement, which is subject to ratification by the Trades Council's members, is - in terms of economic issues such as wages, benefits, vacation and pension - identical to the contract the Trades Council signed earlier with the New York Hotel Association.
That six-year contract calls for hourly wage increases of 4 percent per year for the first three years, and 3.5 percent for the final three years.
In addition, Hilton and the Trades Council reached agreement on three outstanding issues related to health and safety and back pay.
"As a prominent employer and hotel operator in New York City, we are pleased to have arrived at this agreement which benefits our 4,000 team members at the Hilton New York and the Waldorf=Astoria," said Matthew J. Hart, president and chief operating officer of Hilton Hotels Corporation. "New York is booming as a business and leisure destination, and our team members do a fabulous job of serving our customers in the style that keeps them returning to our hotels. We are very happy to have reached agreement and to be moving forward."
"New York City is where the dream of good hotel jobs comes true. This agreement continues that tradition, and creates new opportunities for other hotel workers to live the dream of good jobs which support their families and build healthy communities," says John W. Wilhelm, President/Hospitality Industries, UNITE HERE.
Pertinent elements of the Hilton-UNITE HERE "Partnership for Future Growth" agreement include the following:
"With this agreement, Hilton proves it cares about the people who create the guest experience," explains UNITE HERE General President Bruce Raynor. "That means better hotel jobs, better customer service and a healthier industry. And hotel guests who care about working people can now choose a hotel with confidence, knowing they are choosing a hotel that values working people."
Hilton Hotels Corporation
|Also See:||UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm Hints at Nationwide Hotel Workers Strike; Labor Contracts at 200 Hotels in Six Cities Expiring this Year / January 2006|
|Hotel Association of New York City and Union Reach Tentative Agreement; Six-year contract Provides Wage Increases of 4% in Each of the First Three Years and 3.5% in Each of the Last Three Years / June 2006|