Hyatt weeks away from union settlement, CEO says

CHICAGO Hyatt Hotels Corp. hopes to reach a contract settlement with Chicago labor unions within a matter of weeks, its CEO says.

Chicago-based Hyatt is the last major hotel company without a contract with the city’s Unite Here workers, but CEO Mark Hoplamazian tells Chicago Tribune that the company has proposed a deal mirroring recent agreements between the union and Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

“I have every hope that we can come to resolution at that time,” Hoplamazian says, referring to an early June bargaining session scheduled with Unite Here Local 1.

The two sides may still be apart on terms, however. While a union spokeswoman confirms that Hyatt’s offer is economically in line with the Starwood and Hilton deals, the union wants stronger protections against subcontracting and lower workloads for housekeepers.