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Hotel Association of New York City and Union Reach Agreement

June 22, 2006

Hotel Association of New York City and Union Reach Agreement
June 22, 2006 – According to Travel Pulse Daily, the Hotel Association of New York City and the New York Hotel Trades Council have reached agreement on a new labor contract. The agreement was ratified by the Board of Directors of the Hotel Association and will be voted on by the Union’s membership on June 22. The membership is expected to ratify the deal.

The six-year contract will take effect on July 1, 2006, and will expire on June 30, 2012. It will provide wage increases of four percent in each of the first three years and 3.5 percent in each of the last three years. The association will increase contributions to the pension fund by two percent of payroll, effective July 1, 2006. Family medical benefits will be maintained throughout the life of the contract, with no premium-sharing or co-pays by Hotel Trades Council members. Union hotel workers will also receive an added sick day and additional vacation time.

"The Hotel Association bargained with us in good faith throughout negotiations and through some very difficult issues," Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward said. "We are very pleased with this agreement and I extend my personal appreciation to Hotel Association President Joseph E. Spinnato and the other hotel industry negotiators for their hard work, especially during the round-the-clock negotiations that took place over four days last week. This is a good agreement for our members and for the hotels and it will allow six years of productivity and labor peace in the New York City hotel industry."

The new contract covers more than 100 New York City hotels. For more information, call 212.754.6700 or visit http://www.hanyc.org/.

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