Petaluma Sheraton workers, management reach four-year deal

After two years without a contract, workers and management at the Sheraton Hotel in Petaluma have inked a new collective bargaining agreement that gives raises to employees and lowers their health care costs.

Both sides on Thursday called the deal fair.

The Sheraton Sonoma County-Petaluma is the only hotel in the North Bay with a unionized workforce.

The four-year agreement, expected to be announced formally at a celebration Thursday evening at the hotel attended by local and regional political representatives, covers about 100 employees at the 183-room hotel including housekeeping, restaurant and kitchen workers.

The contract calls for hourly raises of about 30 cents annually each year of the agreement, including a retroactive year. The employees' wages range from about $10 to $15 an hour, said Jessica Medina, an organizer with Unite Here Local 2850, the union that represents the workers.

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