July 3, 2013
Tell Butte Quality Inn to Provide Employees Vacations, Holiday Pay & Other Paid Leave
No vacations? No premium pay for holidays worked? No paid funeral leave? No supplemental pay for jury duty?
This is what the owners of the Butte Quality Inn and Suites (formerly the War Bonnet Hotel) are demanding of its housekeeping staff. The owners claim that these “entitlements” do not fit into their “business model.”
Bargaining for a new Union contract has been creeping along for months. The housekeepers offered to reduce their already low wage demand in order to shift funds to paid leave, but to no avail. Paid leave will cost the Butte Quality Inn less than $5,000 total for the first year. All this for hotel rooms that cost $90 to $113 a night.
Apparently the “business model” the Butte Quality Inn owners are following call for the erosion of common-sense benefits that all employees enjoy, thanks to the decades of work by the labor movement.
Their rejection of vacations, holiday pay, and other paid leave could set a dangerous precedent as other employers in Butte and elsewhere could begin to do the same, if not stopped here and now at the Quality Inn.
Please tell the Butte Quality Inn to protect working standards in Butte and provide vacation, holiday pay, and other paid leave to their hard working housekeepers.
Please call (406) 494-7800. Thank you!