Sheraton workers agree to new contract, lift boycott

Two unions said Friday that they have ended a nearly six-year call to boycott the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, a move that came as workers ratified a new bargaining agreement with management.

The unions, Unite Here Local 7 and Local 37 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, said the new agreement covers 130 workers and includes health insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan and retroactive wage increases reaching back one year. Tipped employees are due raises of 15 cents to 45 cents an hour, while non-tipped employees' raises will be 30 cents to 90 cents per hour, the unions said.

Officials at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel could not be reached for comment.

The labor dispute dates back to a previous owner. The unions said workers would hold a "Lift the Boycott" event next month.

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