Double Win for UNITE HERE Philadelphia Members
June 2, 2005
Philadelphia, PA -- On Monday, May 23rd, members of UNITE HERE Local 274 ratified a new three-year contract with the Hilton Garden Inn. The new contract was ratified overwhelmingly during meetings held at the hotel. UNITE HERE Philadelphia Joint Board Director Lynne Fox was the chief negotiator for the union. "My coworkers and I are very excited about our new contract," said Deborah Blunt Hill, a member of the Bargaining Committee and a housekeeper, at the end of the ratification meeting. "Everybody worked so hard and showed so much solidarity. We won and we are looking forward to June 1st when this goes into effect. We wore buttons, marched in the street and stood strong as a group and it paid off." The new contract contains many improvements including expanded health insurance coverage that includes the members' children and spouses. Read more.
And also last week, over 300 food service workers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center voted to join UNITE HERE. The new members are employed by catering giant ARAMARK Corporation, which has approximately 200,000 workers worldwide, and will be part of the UNITE HERE Philadelphia Joint Board. These food service members are part of the quickly growing industrial sector within the union now known as the UNITE HERE Multi-Services Division, which includes food service, airports and laundry workers across the United States and Canada.