BREAKING NEWS: Major Breakthrough! Nine Marriott Hotels and One More Hilton Sign Agreements, Doubling Total to Twenty in Less than A Week

Los Angeles: More than 1700 housekeepers, cooks, dishwashers, servers, and front desk workers at nine Marriott hotels – Irvine Marriott, W Hotel Westwood, SLS Beverly Hills, Westin LAX, Sheraton Grand DTLA, JW Marriott LA Live, Ritz-Carlton LA Live, Courtyard Marriott DTLA, and Residence Inn DTLA – and Hilton Irvine are the latest to sign tentative agreements. The W Hollywood is the lone Marriott not included because of outstanding contract issues there.

Brenda Mendoza, a uniform attendant at the JW Marriott LA Live said, “I am incredibly proud that my coworkers and I fought for this life-changing contract. Our hard work and dedication to each other paid off.”

Once the contract is ratified, the workers at the nine Marriott hotels and the Hilton Irvine will enjoy the same standard achieved in the previous tentative agreements, including:

  • Unprecedented wage increases that keep pace with the soaring cost of housing
  • Affordable, excellent family healthcare
  • Humane workloads and safe staffing
  • Improved pension increases so that workers can retire with dignity
  • Language improvements, including historic Equal Justice language that, among other things, will help to provide access to union jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals and unprecedented protections for immigrant workers.

With this latest announcement, a total of twenty Southern California hotels have now signed agreements with UNITE HERE Local 11. While Marriott and some Hilton hotels have led the way, other operators like Aimbridge Hospitality continue to refuse to meet the new hotel contract standard. In response, workers at the Aimbridge-operated Sheraton Park walked out on strike Wednesday, and several others could follow as early as this weekend.

“If the world’s largest hotel companies, Marriott and Hilton, agreed to raise the standard for hotel workers, what makes other hoteliers such as the Maya in Long Beach or Aimbridge Hospitality think their workers will accept anything less? Our members are more determined today to win a living wage than the first day of this historic strike. Nothing will stop them,” said Kurt Petersen, co-president of UNITE HERE Local 11.