Three years after engaging in a month-long strike, Kohler Co. employees, represented by the United Automobile Workers (UAW), ratified a four-year agreement with the company. The agreement covers 2,100 workers and provides workers with enhanced wages and benefits, including high-quality health care, pension, and 401K benefits. 

Marriott workers in San Francisco, represented by UNITE HERE Local 2, reached a tentative agreement with the hotel chain, bringing an end to their two-month-long strike. While the terms of the tentative agreement have not yet been disclosed, the tentative agreement covers 2,500 workers.

Nearly 2,000 hospitality workers in Southern California, represented by UNITE HERE Local 11, reached a tentative agreement with six hotels in the Los Angeles, Calif.  metropolitan area. The union, which represents over 7,500 hotel workers in Southern California, has threatened to strike at 18 other Los Angeles hotels who have not yet reached a tentative agreement with the union.

Bloomberg BNA reports that contract settlements through December 16, 2018 showed an average first-year wage increase of 3.4 percent, compared to an average first-year wage increase of 3.3 percent during the previous two-week period and an average first-year wage increase of 2.6 percent during the same period in 2017. The rise in the average first-year wage increase from the previous two-week period can be attributed to several “first contracts,” which are collective bargaining agreements executed after the unionization of a group of workers. When lump-sum payments were included, the average first-year wage increase rose from 3.5 percent during the previous two weeks to 3.6 percent. This rise can be attributed to the $4,000 ratification bonuses promised to workers at ArcelorMittal and Spirit AeroSystems.