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UNITE HERE Local 25, Mid-Atlantic Joint Board Settlement with D.C. Hotels Achieves Substantial Gains for Members, Opens Way for Future Growth

September 7, 2007

On September 7, 2007, members of Local 25 voted overwhelmingly to ratify a three-year agreement with the city’s major hotels.

Highlights of the agreement include a 12% increase in wages over the term, a 50% increase in the pension contribution, maintenance of fully-employer paid single and family health coverage, increases in short and long-term disability benefits, meaningful limitations on housekeeper workload (geared at reducing the risk of injuries, which has grown in this occupation in recent years), and job protection for members during lengthy hotel renovations.   In addition, through the addition of neutrality and card-check language, the agreement provides an avenue for the Union to grow along with the industry. (See story in Washington Business Journal). Bredhoff & Kaiser advised Local 25 in connection with the negotiations.