Labor


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    Virgin hotel labor dispute remains holdout in Las Vegas

    Negotiations resumed last week after the Culinary Union ended its 48-hour strike, but union reps said they won’t accept the hotel’s latest “woefully inadequate” offer.

    By May 28, 2024
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    The Mirage to close in preparation for Hard Rock’s Vegas rebrand

    The resort will shut its doors for nearly three years as Hard Rock works to “change the Las Vegas skyline.”

    By May 16, 2024
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    Hospitality workers at Virgin Las Vegas launch 48-hour walkout

    As many as 700 workers will strike over the weekend as the hotel remains a holdout in the city’s labor disputes.

    By May 10, 2024
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    Hotel workers hold nationwide protests ahead of contract expiration

    A possible “widespread labor dispute” could impact 40,000 hospitality workers across the U.S. and Canada, according to Unite Here.

    By May 2, 2024
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    7 more SoCal hotels reach agreements with hospitality union

    A total of 41 properties have settled contracts with workers since Unite Here Local 11 began its multiproperty strikes last July, though holdouts remain. 

    By April 25, 2024
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    Workers strike at Aimbridge-operated hotels in SoCal

    Striking employees claim Aimbridge failed to respond to women’s allegations of sexual harassment.

    By Updated April 16, 2024
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    Sen. Bernie Sanders joins hotel workers on picket line

    Members of Unite Here Local 11 rallied outside Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles, where speakers claimed private equity-owned hotels were to blame for protracted labor disputes.

    By April 8, 2024
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    AHLA, nearly 80 professional orgs urge Senate passing of tax relief act

    In a letter to Senate leadership, the associations claim provisions to the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act would significantly benefit the hospitality and tourism industries.

    By March 22, 2024
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    Q&A

    Chip Rogers talks AHLA tenure, resignation and future of hospitality

    The former American Hotel & Lodging Association president and CEO shared why he left the organization earlier this month, the industry issues facing his successor and advice for emerging talent.

    By Updated March 20, 2024
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    ‘Robust’ hotel industry job growth to outpace national average

    Hotels can expect to see roughly 12% job growth over the next five years, as more people seek entry-level roles in the field, according to an AHLA Foundation report.

    By March 14, 2024
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    NLRB issues complaint against LA Grand Hotel

    The complaint follows a charge filed by Southern California hospitality union Unite Here Local 11, which claims the hotel retaliated against a union worker for bringing up workplace safety issues in a meeting.

    By March 12, 2024
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    LA Grand Hotel employees strike against ‘untenable’ workplace conditions

    The union workers are the latest in Southern California to walk off the job seeking higher wages and safer working conditions.

    By Feb. 16, 2024
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    5 more SoCal hotels reach agreements with striking workers

    A total 34 hotels have reached agreements with hospitality union Unite Here, after one Sofitel and four Hyatts struck deals last week.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    Vegas averts final hotel strike — and Biden visit

    The president had agreed to join hotel workers on the picket line if they walked out, but over the weekend, the remaining casino resorts with strike deadlines reached tentative agreements with the Culinary Union.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    Some Vegas resorts avert walkouts, but strike deadline looms for others

    The Culinary Union pushed back a strike deadline for downtown Las Vegas hotels, averting walkouts Friday, but as many as 3,600 workers could strike as soon as Monday, the same week the city is slated to host Super Bowl LVIII.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    2024 Outlook

    Hotel industry forecast 2024: development, F&B, technology and more

    Leaders in the hospitality industry shared with Hotel Dive what trends will drive progress at hotels this year, impacting everything from on-site amenities to hotel workforce management.

    By Jan. 30, 2024
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    US hotels to pay workers 4% more in 2024: AHLA

    Hotels will pay employees $123 billion in wages, salaries and other compensations this year, but despite all-time-high wages, the industry's workforce will remain below pre-pandemic levels.

    By Jan. 30, 2024
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    Manhattan hotel fined $42K for ADA violation

    The fee will settle claims that the hotel refused to allow a front-desk clerk to sit down.

    By Emilie Shumway • Jan. 29, 2024
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    Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas averts strike

    The hotel reached a tentative agreement with its nearly 300 union workers for a new five-year contract ahead of the property’s February strike deadline.

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    Deep Dive // 2024 Outlook

    7 hotel industry trends to watch in 2024

    Leaders in the hospitality industry will work to make staff happier, ramp up integration of generative AI and cater to a growing number of experiential and luxury travelers.

    By Jenna Walters and Noelle Mateer • Jan. 10, 2024
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    Culinary Union sets strike deadline at 21 Las Vegas resorts

    The union is calling for movement in contract negotiations at resorts including Circus Circus, Trump Hotel Las Vegas, Treasure Island and the Waldorf Astoria.

    By Jan. 8, 2024
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    Vegas hospitality union commits to more organizing amid visit from VP Harris

    Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge hinted at further strike deadlines to come at an event with Vice President Kamala Harris.

    By Jan. 5, 2024
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    10 more SoCal hotels reach agreements with striking workers

    Nine Marriotts and one Hilton will end walkouts at their properties, according to Unite Here.

    By Dec. 18, 2023
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    4 Hilton hotels reach agreements with union workers to end strikes

    More hotels' strikes are wrapping up in Southern California, where some workers have been off the job since the summer.

    By Dec. 12, 2023
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    Opinion

    How rethinking hotel housekeeping can help address the worker shortage

    Hoteliers can better attract and retain staff by leveraging technology, offering job flexibility, building career pathways and hiring more broadly.

    By John Dorer and David Yurkofsky • Nov. 27, 2023