UNITE HERE, the hotel and hotel union, has developed standard negotiations with major hotel chains that are moving closer to national negotiations. The benefits of this approach are derived from what UNITE HERE members were able to achieve at Marriott Corporation in the fall of 2018. Seven UNITE here residents at seven sites – Detroit, Boston, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Hawaii – negotiated separate contracts, but as previous collective agreements arrived at the same time, workers had more influence than if they negotiated in one place. Workers went on strike at Marriott hotels anywhere to demand better wages and benefits under the slogan „One Job Should Be Enough.” Workers received significant increases, pension improvements and strong protection from sexual harassment, among other things. The agreements covered 7,700 of the 20,000 UNITE HERE members who work for Marriott28 Since the agreements have such broad coverage for Marriott facility employees across the country, the agreements have established a standard for the industry, meaning that thousands of hotel employees employed by different companies at the seven sites receive the same or similar improvements. In the United States, the National Labor Relations Act (1935) covers most collective agreements in the private sector. The Act makes it illegal for employers to discriminate, spy, harass or terminate workers because of their union membership or to retaliate for organizing campaigns or other „concerted activities,” creating business unions or refusing to engage in collective bargaining with the union that represents their employees. It is also illegal to require any worker to join a union as a condition of employment. [12] Trade unions are also able to ensure safe working conditions and adequate remuneration for their work. The national Labor Relations Act (NLRA or Act) – the primary law establishing organizational rights in the private sector – has as its premise a sublime and admirable objective: „Promoting the practice and procedure of collective bargaining” between workers and their employers.1 Since the passage of the law in 1935, millions of working men and women have received higher wages , better health care and pensions. better protection of health and safety in the workplace and other important improvements through the formation of unions and the use of collective force in negotiations with their employers2 Strong unions have contributed to income growth being widely distributed among the wealthiest households and not just (see Figure A).3 Teamsters have a long-established bargaining relationship between several employers and the Cannery Council.

, an association of food processors with branches in central California. , including Del Monte and Heinz. The last collective agreement increased the salaries of the 12,500 employees by more than 10% under the agreement.35 With business consolidation and more automation in the sector, the Cannery Council agreement covers far fewer employers and workers than before.