Unions Ratify Agreements With WV Resort

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

White sulphur springs, WV (AP) -- A union official says a new labor agreement for workers at the Greenbrier resort will freeze wages over the first three years of the contract.

Nine unions had been working without a contract since January 2008.

Union workers approved the tentative agreements 465-140 Thursday.

Spokeswoman Lynn Swann says the ratification was a key component to the resort's pending sale.

The agreements must now be approved by a U.S. bankruptcy judge before they can become effective.

Resort owner CSX filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March.

A subsidiary of Marriott International has agreed to buy the resort for as much as $130 million.

Peter Bostic of workers United Local 863 in White Sulphur Springs says union workers can discuss pay raises after three years if the resort returns to profitability.

Workers also must pay more for health insurance and new employees will have to wait longer to become eligible for the resort's insurance plan.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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