Hyatt Hotels, Unite Here Call a Truce: Susan Hobbs of the Daily Labor Report ($$) writes that Unite Here and Hyatt Hotels have agreed in principal to a five-year deal that would cover almost 3,000 hotel workers and would further provide for a "fair process" to allow unrepresented workers to join the union if they so desired. The agreement covers nine hotels across the country and ends a very drawn-out and contentious negotiation between the parties.
Union members are expected to vote on the tentative agreement in the coming weeks, but little will happen over the holiday weekend. The agreement provides for retroactive wage increases, as well as maintains employees’ health and pension benefits. Unite Here’s global boycott of Hyatt hotels will officially end if the contract is approved.
Federal Contractors to Stage One-Day Strike Today: Josh Eidelson of The Nation reports that this morning, non-unionized federal contract workers are planning on walking off the job in Washington, D.C. in order to protest what they have come to call "wage theft." The goal of the strike is ostensibly to put pressure on the White House to push for higher labor protection standards for federal contractors.
The strike, organized by Good Jobs Nation and backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), comes one week after Good Jobs Nation filed charges with the Department of Labor, alleging willful violations of the federal minimum wage and overtime provisions. We will keep you posted as this is surely not the last we have heard from Good Jobs Nation and company.
Daimler Workers On Strike: Richard Read of the Oregonian reports that yesterday, workers at Daimler Trucks North America in North Portland, Oregon walked off the job. The workers, represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), were offered a wage increase by their employer, which they rejected despite IAMAW representatives putting pressure on the workers to accept the deal. We will keep you posted as negotiations are set to resume after the holiday weekend.