Millionaire developer Joe Perry, who has battled employees at his Holiday Inns in Glendale and Burbank for two years over wages, has signed a three-year contract with the employees' union that will allow some workers to receive 31% salary increases.
The agreement between Perry and the Service Employees International Union Local 100-D resulted in immediate raises for the 200 employees at the two hotels, said Don Clemons, the union's business manager. Clemons last week released details of the agreement, which was signed and ratified by the union last month.
Employees received raises ranging from 6% to 31%, Clemons said.
Lower-paid workers received the biggest raises, he said. Maids, who were among the lowest paid, were making $3.40 to $3.45 an hour before the wage increases, officials said. Under the agreement, maids now earn $4 to $4.50 an hour.
The employees also received medical insurance and vacation leave, which some had not had, union officials said.
"This was a hard struggle, but we held out because we knew we were right," Clemons said. However, union officials said wages at the two hotels still are below industry standards in Los Angeles.