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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Massachusetts Political Leaders to Delegate Marriott Management, Call for Meaningful Negotiations to End Strike

Massachusetts Political Leaders to Delegate Marriott Management, Call for Meaningful Negotiations to End Strike
Local politicians show strong support for striking Marriott hotel workers, out fighting for one job that’s enough to live on for almost a full month


What: Led by City Councilors Ed Flynn and Michelle Wu, local politicians plan to give Marriott management a letter urging meaningful movement at the negotiating table. Striking Marriott hotel workers have been out since October 3, sacrificing to win a new contract from the biggest and richest hotel company in the world.
When: Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:00 am
Where: Ritz-Carlton Boston, 10 Avery St, Boston, MA 02111
Who: Local elected leaders and UNITE HERE Local 26 striking hotel workers across Boston, including hotel housekeepers, front desk reception, bellmen, cooks, dishwashers, and more.
Note: Marriott workers impacted by the contract fight will be available for interview in person at the event as well as by phone.

Why: Massachusetts and Boston politicians see striking Marriott hotel workers as “ambassadors for the Greater Boston area.” Their letter to President and CEO of Marriott, Arne Sorenson, states “Like all workers, they deserve to be paid a living wage and enjoy basic protections from unfair scheduling practices, sexual harassment, and other workplace abuses.” The letter continues, “We urge you to negotiate in good faith with the representing union, UNITE HERE Local 26, to reach a fair compromise that will end the strike and allow both parties to move forward amicably as soon as possible.”

Marriott is the largest and most profitable hotel chain in the world, but Boston’s Local 26 workers have been in contract negotiations since March as they fight to win basic job security, safer working conditions, and jobs that are enough to support their families.

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.

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