Workers at Chateau Marmont “overwhelmingly ratified” their first-ever union contract with the Hollywood hotspot on Wednesday evening, in what UNITE HERE Local 11 is asking “a historic breakthrough.”
The new contract, taking impact instantly, comes following years of unrest on the Chateau, which laid off practically 250 staffers close to the beginning of the Covid pandemic and has for years been the topic of complaints, lawsuits and boycotts by staff alleging sexual misconduct and racial discrimination, amongst different misdeeds.
Offerings below the contract will embody an instantaneous 25% wage improve for returning staff not receiving suggestions, free household medical insurance for staff on the clock for 60 or extra hours monthly, free authorized companies for immigration, client and tenant points, a union pension fund, and the popularity of Juneteenth as a paid vacation, to call a number of.
The venue owned by André Balazs first agreed to acknowledge the union in August, with negotiations between it and UNITE HERE Local 11 transpiring all through the previous few months.
“I am so proud that my coworkers and I will be returning to work at the Chateau Marmont while providing a secure and dignified life for our families,” stated Walter Almendarez, a employee chief of UNITE HERE Local 11 who served as a Bellperson at Chateau Marmont for 26 years.
“The Chateau Marmont workers are the heroes of the pandemic,” added UNITE HERE Local 11 Co-President Kurt Petersen. “After losing their jobs along with other hotel workers during the pandemic, they not only helped win California’s historic right to return to work law but now they will return to their jobs with an extraordinary union contract. We commend the Chateau Marmont for negotiating in good faith and look forward to opportunities to build a more just Los Angeles together.”