UNITE HERE Local 23 Renews Contract at Westin

Congratultaions to members of UNITE HERE Local 23 on their new contract at The Atlanta Westin Peachtree Plaza that includes new job security language. 

Local 23 President Wanda Brown, a bartender at the Westin and the President of Local 23 Atlanta, talks about the struggle for the new contract. 

“There is nothing we cannot do or win if we work together. We didn’t just negotiate at the table, we did actions and showed the Westin Peachtree that we were serious and united.”

How does it feel to win such a great contract after a long fight? 
“It feels good. We fought for this together and we should be proud of our victory together. It was so great to see all my coworkers coming together. When we did the photo campaign we all worked really hard to make sure that workers knew what was at stake. We wanted all of our coworkers to have the opportunity to take a photo and be involved. It didn’t matter if that person was in our department or not. We worked together to win.”

 

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