Marriott workers on strike in eight U.S. cities

About 7,700 Marriott International employees in eight cities have walked out on strike and say they will continue to do so until they reach an agreement on a new contract with the world’s largest hotel company.

The largest strike locations are Hawaii, Boston and San Francisco. The cities of Oahu and Maui in Hawaii have 2,700 Marriott workers on strike, San Francisco has 2,500 and Boston has 1,800. The other affected cities are: San Diego, Oakland, San Jose, and Detroit. Almost two dozen hotels have been affected.

The employees are members of UNITE HERE, which has spent months in negotiations with Marriott. The contracts expired over July and August. The workers include housekeepers, front desk attendants, restaurant employees, bell hops, and most anyone else not in a management position.

The employees are asking for reasonable wages, job security as hotels adopt more technology and workplace safety.

“Marriott is the richest and most profitable hotel company in the world, and by taking them on in this historic hotel worker strike UNITE HERE union members are going to change the lives of all workers in our industry,” says D. Taylor, president of UNITE HERE.  

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