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Four Hyatts and Beverly Hills Sofitel reach tentative agreements with Unite Here Local 11

Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times on

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Five more Southern California hotels have reached tentative labor agreements covering about 650 workers, the latest settlements in a months-long strike that at times has been marked by violence.

In all, Unite Here Local 11 has signed tentative agreements with 34 out of some 60 properties in Los Angeles and Orange counties initially targeted by intermittent walkouts beginning in July. The union has said it is the largest hotel strike in modern U.S. history, involving some 15,000 cooks, housekeepers, dishwashers, servers, porters and front desk agents.

Four Hyatt hotels — Hyatt Shay in Culver City, Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach and Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood — reached tentative agreements, the union said Thursday.

Sofitel, a French-style hotel in Beverly Hills, reached a tentative deal with the union last week.

As with the previous settlements, the union declined to provide details but said the deals will raise wages, strengthen pensions and increase investments in healthcare. The contracts will need to be put to a ratification vote by workers at the various hotels.

The terms of the tentative 4½-year collective bargaining agreement have "our colleagues' best interests in mind," said Michael D'Angelo, Hyatt Hotels Corp.'s head of labor relations overseeing the Americas region.

 

"Our purpose is to care for people so they can be their best. Our colleagues are the heart of our business, and their well being continues to remain a top priority," D'Angelo said in an emailed statement.

Lourdes Nolasco, 63, a housekeeper at Hyatt Andaz for about 15 years, received a text message on Wednesday from a union organizer with news of the tentative agreement. Nolasco said she was so excited that she cried happy tears and "felt goosebumps."

The tentative deal came after a three-day strike by Andaz workers that ended Sunday.

Nolasco said some hotel guests were visibly displeased about the noisy picket line and made rude gestures at striking workers. On Saturday a passerby ripped a plastic horn out of the hands of one protester, Nolasco said.

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