Breana Noble The Detroit News Published 2:59 PM EST Dec 5, 2018 Workers at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel ratified a contract Tuesday, avoiding a strike. Unite Here Local 24 negotiated with the Marriott-operated hotel for safe working conditions, raises, health care and benefits after workers approved a strike vote along with thousands of other Marriott International hotel workers across the nation. “We’re incredibly pleased with this contract," Local 24 President Nia Winston said in a statement. "It will change workers’ lives at this hotel and the hotel industry in Detroit.” Of the 140 workers Local 24 represents at the McNamara Terminal hotel, 95 percent approved the contract, which takes effect immediately. In October, 96 percent of the workers had voted to strike, though they never did. Housekeepers, servers, cooks and other staffers at the Wayne County hotel cited workload and pay as central issues. … [Read more...] about Marriott’s Westin Detroit airport workers pass contract, avoid strike
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Economy airline seats are getting tighter and tighter. Overhead space is limited. Food, if available, is bad. Service is slow. And, if you want a guaranteed assigned seat, preferably next to your beloved travel companion, you’ll probably have to pay extra for it. But while this is happening, the flip side is that airlines are making business class seats a lot more comfortable and luxe. You’ve taken a peek, right? While you make your way down the crowded aisle to the back of the plane, hoping there’s still room in the overhead bins for your luggage, the biz class passengers are already enjoying complimentary champagne and snacks, stretched out in fully reclining bed-seats. Their carry-on luggage has been stowed, warm finger cloths and travel amenities (eye cloths, slippers, soft blankets, luxury lotions) have been offered, and orders for their first meal, which will be served on real china with premium liquors and wines, have been taken. The difference between the … [Read more...] about Are business class tickets worth the price? And how do I score one (without paying a bundle)?
A roundup of the latest news at major airports Chris McGinnis Updated 11:15 am PDT, Thursday, October 18, 2018 Istanbul's big new airport is expected to open in late December. Istanbul's big new airport is expected to open in late December. Photo: IGA Airport Operation TSA has added three more airlines to its PreCheck program. (Image: TSA) TSA has added three more airlines to its PreCheck program. (Image: TSA) Photo: TSA Istanbul Ataturk Airport has become very overcrowded, overheated and crazy at peak times. The New airport should be a welcome change Istanbul Ataturk Airport has become very overcrowded, overheated and crazy at peak times. The New airport should be a welcome change Photo: Chris McGinnis Istanbul New Airport under construction as seen from our IST-BUD flight … [Read more...] about Airport news: PreCheck adds + Istanbul update + JFK, LAX reveal plans + New MSP hotel + Burgers
Francis X. Donnelly The Detroit News Published 5:12 PM EDT Oct 8, 2018 As workers picketed the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in downtown Detroit for the second day Monday, it was unclear what impact they were having on business. The Brooklyn Nets, playing the Pistons on Monday night, crossed the picket line Monday morning, much to the chagrin of union members. But the union, Unite Here Local 24, said they've been successful in turning several guests and deliverers away from the downtown hotel. "We offered them (guests) other options of union-worker hotels in Detroit," said the union president, Nia Watson. The hotel chain could not be reached for immediate comment. Instead it released a statement. "We are disappointed that Unite Here has chosen to resort to a strike at this time. During the strike our hotel is open, and we stand ready to provide excellent service to our guests," read the statement. "We continue to bargain in good faith for a fair contract. While we respect our … [Read more...] about Westin Book Cadillac strikers enter second day of picketing
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByMartha C. White Oct. 8, 2018 Ben Greenstein didn’t expect to spend more than four hours on the phone over three days just to redeem points for a hotel booking in Boston. But Mr. Greenstein, an entrepreneur from Baltimore who travels frequently for work, got caught in the not-so-smooth merger in August of Marriott International’s traveler rewards program with the Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty programs. “Prior to this merger, it was never like that,” said Mr. Greenstein, a member of Starwood’s SPG program. When he went online, he said, he found that he was not the only one who couldn’t get help with his account after the merger. “What really bugged me more than anything else was when I went to Facebook and looked on … [Read more...] about Marriott’s Merger of Hotel Rewards Programs Tests Members’ Loyalty