Workers at Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Hyatt The Pike Long Beach in California voted last week to be represented by UNITE HERE. The new union members were joined by Long Beach City Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal at a press conference today to announce the results of the vote.
Ada Briceno, secretary-treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 11, applauded the move in a press release:
We are very excited to welcome Hyatt Regency and Hyatt The Pike workers to UNITE HERE, a growing movement of housekeepers, cooks, bellmen and others in the hospitality industry. On behalf of our new members, we are committed to negotiating the best contract we can that addresses wages, benefits and working conditions. We look forward to sitting down together with Hyatt.
The vote, which only affects workers at the two Long Beach Hyatt locations, ends UNITE HERE's boycott of the two hotels. Hyatt Regency Long Beach General Manager Stephen D'Agostino reacted positively to the development:
We’ve always maintained strong relations with our associates and unions representing Hyatt associates in other locations, and we’ve always believed Hyatt associates should have the right to choose union representation in an election. We look forward to working with UNITE HERE to reach a contract that will continue to support our associates and maintain our high workplace standards.