Ritz-Carlton employees vote to unionize | Local News

A majority of employees at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay voted Thursday to join Unite Here, a union representing hotel and restaurant workers in the Bay Area. Preliminary results showed that 110 employees voted in favor of joining the union while 103 opposed it.

The results will be presented to the National Labor Relations Board for certification. The Board will review 27 ballots that were disputed. Although no details have been made public, the disputes often question the eligibility of individual voters based on the specific services they provide in the workplace or whether they should be considered permanent workers at work. full-time. No time frame was given to the NLRB to announce its decision.

“While the count may change, we are confident the union has won,” Unite Here said in a statement. “Soon we will begin negotiations for affordable health care, fair wages and dignified workloads that workers deserve.”

Representatives for the resort of Half Moon Bay have not yet responded to the review’s request for comment.

A notable draw for visitors to the coast, the Ritz-Carlton is the largest contributor of Transient Occupancy Tax to the town of Half Moon Bay. The current year budget projects that the hotel will generate $6.2 million in revenue for the city.

Although the organizing effort remained out of sight for many local residents, the narrow margin reflects some division ahead of the vote. Earlier this week, an employee wrote on the social media site Nextdoor, “If you know anyone from the Ritz at HMB, show them some love this week because it gets tough right before our vote.”

The union’s statement said there had been “an aggressive anti-union campaign”.

Unite Here Local 2 is affiliated with a union representing approximately 300,000 workers in the United States and Canada, including 15,000 in the Bay Area. Its members work in hotels, restaurants and stadiums, as well as at international airports in San Francisco and Oakland. Unite Here has unionized workers at other Bay Area properties run by Marriott, which operates the Ritz.

If the NLRB certifies the vote, the union can begin bargaining with hotel management. In San Francisco, hospitality workers at high-end properties earn more than $28 an hour and receive health care benefits. According to the union, Ritz workers receive an average of $4.64 less than their counterparts in San Francisco.

August Howell contributed to this story.

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