About 400 union members who work at Rochester hotels and a commercial laundry facility will get 2 percent raises in each year of a new three-year contract.
Sunstone Hotel Properties, which owns five downtown hotels and the Textile Care facility, came to an agreement with the Unite Here Local 21 labor union, says union president Brian Brandt.
Sunstone owns the Kahler Grand Hotel, the International Hotel within the Kahler, Kahler Inn & Suites, the Marriott Mayo Clinic, Residence Inn Marriott and Textile Care, a related commercial laundry in south Rochester. Local 21 represents cooks, dishwashers, servers, maintenance workers and other hotel employees, as well as staff at Textile Care.
The contract includes a 2 percent increase for each year of the contract for all of the members except tipped employees.
It also changed requirements to earn vacation time. Now workers will qualify for three weeks of vacation after nine years of employment and four weeks after 15 years. Both are a year earlier that the last contract.
"Overall, it was a fair contract, especially for the economic times we're in," Brandt says. "Obviously, everybody would have liked more than 2 percent. But in times when people are getting wages cut or frozen, we were satisfied to get that."
"Both parties took a very positive approach to the contract. We were all on the same page in understanding today's environment," said Bob LaCasse, Regional Director of Operations for Sunstone Hotel Properties.
This three-year deal is the first one since 2005. A five-year contract was signed in 2005 and it was extended for one year in 2010.