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Saturday, November 17, 2018

After Historic 45 Day Strike, Boston Marriott Strikers Vote on New Union Contract

After Historic 45 Day Strike, Boston Marriott Strikers Vote on New Union Contract
Workers will vote on the richest contract negotiated in UNITE HERE Local 26’s history


What: Press conference on historic contract victory with results of union ratification vote
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Where: Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115, conference room next to Ballroom B
Who: UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang and victorious 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.

WhyBoston Marriott workers battled the elements for over six weeks, taking on Boston’s first hotel strike in modern history. Boston’s Local 26 workers have been in contract negotiations since March for job security, safer working conditions, and jobs that are enough to support their families. The standard-setting settlement will ultimately impact 5,000 hotel workers across Boston. 

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 still on strike in San Francisco, and Hawaii, demanding that One Job Should Be Enough. Strikes at Marriott hotels ended with ratifications previously in San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, and Detroit.

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