Union and Starwood Agree to Contracts

 Starwood Hotels and Resorts and the hotel workers union in Chicago and San Francisco ended a 20-month standoff at the end of April with four-year deals retroactive from Aug. 31, 2009, when the old contract expired. Under the new contracts, workers received wage increases and improved job stability language, while keeping their health-care and pension benefits. The agreement gives 1,200 workers at the Sheraton Chicago, Westin Michigan, Westin River North, W Lakeshore, W City Center and the Tremont new contracts, with an additional 2,000 workers in 16 other hotels signing pattern agreements tied to the Sheraton contract. In San Francisco, the agreement affects workers at the W Hotel, Westin St. Francis, St. Regis and Palace.