Management at the Westin LAX Hilton has accepted a decision by service workers to be represented by the union UNITE HERE Local 11, resolving a labor dispute between the hotel and workers.
Under the agreement, hotel management has recognized UNITE HERE as the “bargaining agent” for workers and will enter into contract negotiations, the union said. The union, for its part, will add the Westin LAX Hilton on Century Boulevard to its national list of recommended hotels.
“This is a great day for all the workers at the Westin, for our families and for the community and political leaders that supported us,” said Regla Soto, a housekeeper at the hotel. “Now all of us can share in the success of the hotel.”
The Westin LAX is the second-largest hotel on Century Boulevard and the fifth largest in Los Angeles County, according to a hotel source. In announcing the agreement, workers, the union and hotel officials pledged to work together.
“The Westin Los Angeles Airport has a tremendous amount of respect for our associates and the personal and instinctive service that they provide our guests,” said Glenn Sampert, general manager of the Westin LAX. “We will continue to work together as we move forward with our new partnership with UNITE HERE.
“We respect the decision that our associates have made and we intend to negotiate with the union in good faith and create a collective bargaining agreement that is mutually beneficial to both the company and our valued associates.”