Hotel deals completed with SF union 

On the heels of a labor agreement with Hilton last month, union leaders­ inked a tentative deal last week with three of the four Starwood hotels in The City.

Mike Casey, president of Unite Here Local 2, said he expects workers to approve the new agreement this week and the deal is identical to one reached in March with Hilton, The City’s largest hotel, which employs 800 workers.

The contract, which continues through August 2013, calls for a ­$2-per-hour wage increase retroactive to August 2010, fully paid health care for workers and their families, a workload reduction and an increase in pension payments.

“We fought for the last year and a half to get one company to make a settlement with us, and that would be the pattern for everyone else,” Casey said.

The agreement replaces one that expired in August 2009, and applies to the Westin St. Francis, the Sheraton Place Hotel and the St. Regis. A deal is pending for San Francisco’s remaining Starwood property, the W Hotel.

Sam Singer, a spokesman for the San Francisco Hotel Council, said the agreements represent progress, but union leaders need to be sensitive to the need for competitiveness in a still-fragile economic climate.

After Hyatt, Casey said Local 2 will seek new labor agreements with Marriott and InterContinental hotels.

Starwood officials did not return calls for comment by press time.


New deal for workers

- $2 per hour wage increase, retroactive to August 2010

- Full health coverage for workers and their families, with a $10 rise in copay per doctor visit

- Improvement in pensions

- Reduced workloads

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