The Radisson Los Angeles Airport became the fourth Century Boulevard Corridor hotel to join the Unite Here Local 11 union by signing a contract Monday, April 13th, that union officials say gives 160 hotel workers wage increases, free family healthcare and improved working conditions.

The Radisson LAX joins the Westin Los Angeles Airport, Sheraton Gateway and Four Points LAX as the Los Angeles International Airport-area hotels that have entered into contract with Unite Here Local 11. The Hilton Los Angeles Airport is the corridorís last non-unionized hotel, but managers have said they would back a vote by the workers to join a union.

Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl joined Radisson LAX owner Peter Dumon and community leaders April 13th to praise the Radissonís contract agreement and to recognize the hotel workersí efforts. Hotel workers from the Sheraton Gateway, Four Points LAX, and Westin LAX also took part in the ceremony.

ìIn the current economic climate, consumer confidence is at an all-time low, people are spending less and this leads to a weakening economy,î Rosendahl said.

ìWorkers in these hotels, many of whom live in the communities surrounding LAX, will now be paid a living wage and be receiving significant wage increases, as well as have access to affordable healthcare.

ìThese contracts will benefit the entire community and lift us all up ó they are the best economic stimulus package for our local economy.î

The Radisson LAX contract gives workers a $2.60 wage increase over the three years of the contract. Banquet server salaries increase from $15 an hour to a projected $30 an hour with the service charges over the life of the contract, according to the union.

Workers and their families will additionally receive free family health insurance under the contract.

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