Le Méridien Members Win First Union Contract

Front office staff overwhelmingly ratify wage increases, pension, employer-paid healthcare.

On Nov. 22, 2023, Teamsters 856 members at the Le Méridien hotel, now known as The Jay, in San Francisco, ratified their first union contract.

“Today marks a significant victory for our members at the Le Méridien as they ratify their first union contract,” said Peter Finn, Teamsters Local 856 Principal Officer. “This milestone is a testament to the strength and solidarity of each and every Teamsters member. Congratulations to our Le Méridien members.”

The two-year contract includes wage increases, employer-covered health and welfare, a pension, and the security of a Union contract with protections such as just-cause and progressive discipline.
“We have won more than just wages,” said Nihad Vatres, front desk agent. “We have won justice, dignity, and the protections that come with a strong union contract. From a comprehensive grievance process to just-cause, we have safeguards to fight against intimidation and retaliation now and in the future.”

“Our members are the face of the hotel and, in many respects, the face of the city for countless tourists from around the world,” said Corey Hallman, Teamsters Local 856 Union Representative. “Their work has a direct impact on the success of the Le Méridien.”

The 19-member unit comprises front desk workers, night auditors, bellmen, and PBX operators.

Teamsters 856 represents members serving the traveling public at nearly 50 hotels across the Bay Area, including Hyatt, Hilton, and numerous boutique hotels.