Plaza Hotel in NYC Employees on Strike, Turning Guests Away

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Guests who have an upcoming stay at The Plaza Hotel New York, might want to re-consider, as the hotel has been turning away guests for over a week, due to a strike in both housekeeping and food and beverage.

The hotel which is primarily union, has been facing a labor dispute over health and safety concerns, as well as compensation, and apparently the hotel hasn’t come to a resolution, which is why they are forced to turn away guests currently as all of their food and beverage outlets are closed, and none of their room attendants are cleaning rooms.

Per the Wall Street Journal,

New York’s famed Plaza Hotel has been virtually closed for the past week, turning away guests who had booked rooms for as much as $1,000 a night. And it all stems from a protracted labor dispute hundreds of miles away.

Most guests arriving at the Plaza have been unable to check in since the middle of last week, according to people familiar with the matter, though the Plaza’s food hall has remained open. The Sofitel New York, another Midtown Manhattan hotel, was closed to all guests for the past several days, though a representative of the hotel said Thursday that it is accepting guests again.

The hotels got into trouble after members of the New York Hotel Trades Council union who work at the Plaza and Sofitel raised health and safety concerns related to staff training and other issues, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Here’s to hoping the labor dispute is resolved sooner than later! On a side note, the hotel just reached a deal to be sold for $600 million, which is scheduled to close next month to two investors. The current ownership group has been trying to sell the property for sometime, and it seems as if they’ve strike a deal.

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