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Hotel Lawyer: Local 2 Contract Approval: What Does It Mean?

Author of www.HotelLawBlog.com
23 September 2006
At a little after 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2006, CBS reported that Local 2 of UNITE HERE announced that the rank-and-file had approved the tentative contract negotiated with the 13 Multi-Employer Group (MEG) hotels. The union said that 99% of the workers voting approved the contract.


The negotiated contract is now in place for the 13 MEG hotels in San Francisco. The workers covered by this contract are less than a third of the union employees in San Francisco. The story is the same and other cities with MEG contracts. In other words, all the other expired union contracts with non-MEG hotels must still be negotiated. The union would like us to think that the MEG deal sets the standard for everyone else and they have said as much. But that is not true.

Hotel employers should recognize that the MEG contracts are not binding on them. The law requires arms length negotiations for each individual employer. Nothing mandates that other union hotels adopt a “me too” agreement as the union proposes. Independent hotels can and should consider their specific needs, and negotiate the economic as well as the non-economic proposals according to their agenda, not the union’s.

For more information on labor and employment issues, please contact Marta Fernandez.

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Marta Fernandez
is a senior member of the Global Hospitality Group® and a partner in the Firm’s Labor & Employment Group. A management labor lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience, Marta specializes in representing hospitality industry clients in all aspects of labor and employment, including labor-management relations such as union prevention, collective bargaining for single as well as multi-employer bargaining units, neutrality agreements and defense of unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB; implementation of preventative management strategies, such as executive training, arbitration enforcement and policies and procedures; defense of administrative and litigation claims, such as employee claims of sexual harassment and discrimination. For more information please contact Marta Fernandez at 310.201.3534 or MFernandez@JMBM.com.

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