by Kaylee Hultgren | April 14, 2010

Last Wednesday, some 850 union hotel workers at the 1,900-room Hilton San Francisco began a three-day strike in support of negotiating a contract with adequate health care coverage and retirement benefits. According to Unite Here Local 2, the chapter representing the workers, hotel employees have been without a contract for eight months. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, workers from the Hyatt Century Plaza and Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood rejected a proposal put forward by Hyatt Corp. that Unite Here Local 11 claimed will reduce health care benefits and freeze wages for two years. Approximately 4,000 hotel workers in Los Angeles have been without a contract for four months, said the union. Public protests occurred last Friday in front of the two hotels, and the union is planning a larger demonstration to take place on April 23 at the Andaz West Hollywood. Hyatt officials said they are disappointed that talks with Union 11 representatives did not produce a contract amenable to both parties. Hyatt and Union 11 officials are scheduled to meet in June, and it is Hyatt said its goal is to find a solution that is beneficial to both parties. Hilton representatives were unavailable for comment.