Workers at Park Hyatt Win First Contract

July 20, 2015

On Monday, June 15, 2015, workers at the Park Hyatt celebrated winning their first Union contract. Over 130 members from the Park Hyatt met with Hotel Trades Council Executive Vice President and General Counsel Rich Maroko and union staff to review the provisions of their first contract, which secures them guaranteed wage increases, the opportunity to enroll in the industry’s free family healthcare, a pension, and job security for the next eleven years. An overwhelming 98% voted to ratify the agreement.

Jose Becerril, a Server Assistant at the Park Hyatt, came out to ratify the agreement and celebrated the hotel’s new contract, “My coworkers and I are thrilled to ratify our first contract. We’ve got great wage increases, good benefits for our families, and a sense of peace in the workplace now that we have job security and a strong union backing us up. ”

Samantha Coughlin, a Senior Organizer and Field Representative with HTC, explained that the workers at the Park Hyatt organized the union safely and easily thanks to a Card-Check Neutrality Agreement.  “Workers at the Park Hyatt have been able to win this life changing contract because of the strength the union’s membership and leadership have built over the last 75 years.  Now it falls on our new members at the Park Hyatt to do their part and volunteer to make the union even stronger” she said. Many workers responded to this call by immediately pledging to volunteer 8, 16, or 24 hours a year to keep the union strong and build our power. 

This is rightfully a day of excitement for the workers, and we congratulate them on their first ever Hotel Trades Council contract.