For Immediate Release
June 16, 2017
Contact: Elliott Mallen, 312-656-5807
Hotel Monaco Workers Ratify First Contract
Hotel housekeepers at the downtown Hotel Monaco today unanimously ratified their first collective bargaining agreement. The five-year accord covering thirty workers comes nearly three years after workers first began organizing a union at the hotel.
The contract includes most standard provisions of downtown hotel contracts. Notably, workers will receive full-family health insurance for only $30 per month by 2019, and will in the meantime receive annual bonuses to help cover health insurance costs.
“I’m very excited to finally have a contract,” said Maria Alvarado, a room attendant at the hotel for 17 years. “I hope other non-union hotel workers see what we’ve accomplished by organizing, and join us too.”
Workers won a hotly contested NLRB election in December 2015, and had been negotiating a contract since. The settlement comes as unionized workers at Pineapple Hospitality’s Hotel Alise (formerly Hotel Burnham) continue to negotiate their first contract.