Workers, hotel management reach tentative agreement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Workers at a Providence hotel say they have reached a tentative deal with management on a new labor contract that will end about a year of protests.

An official with Unite Here Local 217, the union that represents about 170 Westin workers, says the negotiating committee is recommending approval of the deal at a vote today.

Details of the contract will be unveiled after the vote.

The last contract expired Oct. 31, 2009. The union has been bargaining with the Procaccianti Group for several months.

The union began protesting after management cut wages and increased health insurance costs last March.

The National Labor Relations Board in July authorized an unfair labor practice complaint against the hotel.

Hotel management has maintained they have done nothing wrong.

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