Saturday, October 20, 2018

罷工示威進入第三週 波士頓市長要求萬豪酒店達成協議

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh weighs in on hotel strike
Calls on Marriott to settle with UNITE HERE Local 26 striking hotel workers
Boston Mayor invites Marriott executives and Local 26 strikers to his office to negotiate

BOSTON, MA ― Boston Mayor Marty Walsh weighed in on the Marriott hotel strike going on its third week at a rally with striking workers today in Copley Square. In front of more than 1,500 striking Marriott hotel workers, union supporters, politicians, and community members, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh demanded Marriott end the strike by settling the contract—and offered his office in Boston City Hall for negotiations. 

“We are pleased to see the Mayor take an active role in seeing Boston hotel workers win the respect and dignity they so justly deserve,” said UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang. “Boston Marriott hotel workers have made an enormous sacrifice to make sure one job is enough to support their families and afford to live in this great city. Now it’s Marriott’s turn to be reasonable and come to the table with solutions.”

Today’s rally also featured AFSCME President Lee Saunders, who shared the story of Boston striker and bellman Robert Brooks, whose father was a striker during the AFSCME Memphis sanitation strike where Dr. Martin Luther King lost his life. Also addressing the crowd were Roxana Rivera, President of SEIU 32BJ; Sean O’Brien, President of Teamsters Local 25; and Local 26 members on strike who spoke to Marriott in English and their native languages, including Cape Verdean Creole, Cantonese, Amharic, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Greek, and Albanian. 

On October 3, workers walked out at seven Marriott-operated hotels, including the Aloft Boston Seaport District, the Element Boston Seaport District, the Ritz-Carlton Boston, the Sheraton Boston, the W Hotel Boston, the Westin Boston Waterfront, and the Westin Copley Place. This is the first hotel strike in Boston’s history. The last time Local 26 workers went on strike was at Harvard in October 2016, when dining hall workers struck for 22 days and successfully settled a contract with the world’s richest university.

Marriott workers are also on strike in San Francisco, Detroit, San Jose, San Diego, Oakland, and Hawaii, totaling nearly 8,000 workers demanding that One Job Should Be Enough. Simultaneous demonstrations happened today as part of the ongoing strikes. 

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