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Labor agreement push continues for Hotel Fox project

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The massive, multi-million dollar development has been in the works for years. (MTN News photo) The massive, multi-million dollar development has been in the works for years. (MTN News photo)
MISSOULA -

A coalition of community groups is continuing to press for a so-called labor "peace agreement" for the proposed Hotel Fox development.

But developers and city leaders are worried the insistence could be jeopardizing a project which could spark the biggest ever development in Missoula history.

Hotel Fox partners and the City of Missoula are on the cusp of signing a Master Development agreement which would allow the developers to build a 200-room full-service hotel and conference center on the Riverfront Triangle property.

City council members were presented with the latest version of that agreement on Wednesday, which should go to the full council Monday.

But members of the Community Benefits Coalition still aren't happy there's no provision to protect future unionization for the development. Mayor John Engen attempted to insert labor language into the draft agreement, but that's been withdrawn because the Coalition is insistent.

Council members are sympathetic, but believe those questions should be addressed in later agreements, including the broader question of requiring "labor peace agreements." 

"I feel like it's really a huge policy decision, which attaching it by velcro, necessarily, to this project might not be the best way to approach the entire thing," said Missoula City Councilwoman Gwen Jones.

Hotel Fox officials have made it clear they won't sign the "labor peace agreement", saying it will be up to the operation's eventual employees to decide whether they want to unionize at a later date.

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