On July 28, 2010, the UNITE HERE Local 438 members at the Hyatt Regency and Highlands Inn ratified a new 5-year contract by a 98% vote. The agreement calls for more than $5 per hour increases in wages and benefits over the term of the contract and maintains our health insurance at current benefit levels without new costs to members.
Cafeteria workers at Cal State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), employees of Sodexo USA, have joined UNITE HERE! Local 483. The 50-worker unit voted 40-1 to become members of Local 483 on April 1, 2010. Maryland-based Sodexo USA has recognized the union and has agreed to contract bargaining. Welcome to our Union, CSUMB sisters and brothers!
UNITE HERE Local 483 recognized 15 of our members as Cesar Chavez Day Action Stars on March 31, 2010. The Local 483 members were honored for their numerous actions in support of workers in places outside of their own hotels. Our 2010 Cesar Chavez Day Action Stars of UNITE HERE Local 483 are Bertrand Deprez (Lodge at Pebble Beach), Noe Hinojosa (La Playa Hotel), James Hood (Highlands Inn), Antonia Ihnot (La Playa Hotel), Alberto Navarro (Hyatt Regency), Jose Nicasio (Hyatt Regency), Carlos Pat (Lodge at Pebble Beach), Jose Perez (Asilomar), Maria Eva Rangel (Hilton), Devora Rodriguez (Carmel Mission Inn), Oscar Rosa (Bay Park Hotel), Maria Santos (Hilton), Chuck Smith (Asilomar), Ricardo Sotelo (Hyatt Regency), and Jing Wright (Hyatt Regency).
With hundreds of Monterey Bay area hotel workers laid off or fired for unjust causes in recent months, Local 483 members have been heartened by the outpouring of community donations to the Monterey Bay Hotel Workers’ Relief Fund. More than 50 laid-off Quail Lodge worker families and 12 fired Hilton worker families received free Thanksgiving baskets and later holiday gift certificates and bags of toys made possible by thousands of dollars worth of donations to the Fund in recent weeks. These workers and their families will continue to receive assistance through the relief fund in these hard times.
To make a tax deductible contribution to the Monterey Bay Hotel Workers’ Relief Fund, please make your checks payable to “UNITE HERE Local 483 ACTION Council” and mail to UNITE HERE Local 483 ACTION Council, 702-C Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. Thank you so much!
Elected officials and community leaders in the Monterey Bay area have supported the Quail Lodge workers through resolutions and petitions calling for the hotel to offer jobs back to laid-off workers if the hotel reopens. Since the Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the first resolution for Fair Recall of Quail Lodge Workers on October 13, 2009, similar resolutions have passed unanimously by the City Councils of Marina and Seaside, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Monterey Council, the Monterey County Democratic Central Committee, the Green Party Monterey County, and the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council.