Labor


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    Despite added jobs, hotel employment lags pre-pandemic levels

    The accommodations sector added 700 jobs in June, but the American Hotel and Lodging Association says the hotel industry is still “behind where it needs to be.”

    By July 9, 2024
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    How the Chevron doctrine’s reversal could impact the hotel industry

    The ruling stands to affect interpretations of hotly debated statutes, including joint employer and independent contractor rules.

    By July 8, 2024
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    Westin Long Beach workers strike, demanding higher wages

    Workers at the hotel want a contract consistent with those already inked at properties across the region, as part of the SoCal multihotel strike that began last year.

    By July 8, 2024
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    Hotel Tech-in: The AI-powered system safely storing guest luggage

    The recently launched HotelsHero stores guests’ baggage on-property without lockers or added costs for hoteliers.

    By June 27, 2024
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    How hoteliers can address evolving challenges in hospitality: report

    Tech integration and training can help hotels streamline operations, drive direct bookings and improve the guest experience, per NYU’s Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality.

    By June 24, 2024
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    Hospitality union Unite Here names Gwen Mills first woman president

    Mills says she plans to invest in union growth as Unite Here prepares for a “historic showdown” in the hotel industry.

    By June 24, 2024
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    National Labor Relations Board says Red Rock Casino violated labor law

    The casino resort has been ordered to return to the bargaining table with employees represented by Las Vegas’ Culinary Union.

    By June 21, 2024
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    Opinion

    The US has a severe labor shortage. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit can help.

    Updating the federal tax credit could provide a solution to the hotel industry’s ongoing labor shortage, which persists despite some hoteliers raising wages and improving benefits.

    By Misty Chally • June 14, 2024
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    Hotel employment rose in May, but owners’ labor woes remained

    The accommodations sector added 700 jobs in the month, but many hoteliers still can’t fill open positions even with increased wages, according to AHLA.

    By June 11, 2024
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    Sofitel workers in DC narrowly vote to decertify union

    Workers at the Sofitel Lafayette Square previously claimed parent company Accor and property owner Brookfield Asset Management were engaging in union busting.

    By June 10, 2024
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    DOL overtime expansion ‘unlawful,’ AHLA argues

    The hospitality association, along with other business groups, filed a lawsuit claiming the rule expansion violates the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    By Caroline Colvin • May 29, 2024
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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 March 19, 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