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    Default Why nearly 8,000 Marriott workers are striking in 8 cities

    Thousands of hotel employees are refusing to go to work at Marriott-owned hotels in eight major US cities, citing mounting frustration over stalled negotiations for higher wages and safety measures.

    As of Wednesday, nearly 8,000 housekeepers, bartenders, and other service workers had walked off the job at 23 hotels in Detroit, Boston, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Maui, and Oahu, according to their labor union, Unite Here, which represents more than 20,000 Marriott workers in the United States and Canada.

    Employee tensions began to surge this summer, when labor contracts for about 12,000 Marriott workers started to expire. Employees spent the summer picketing and marching outside some of the country’s most prominent hotels, urging the world’s largest hotel company to give them more money and better benefits.

    By September, negotiations with the hotel company had stalled, and workers across the country voted to authorize a strike. On Labor Day, police arrested 75 Marriott employees for blocking a street as they protested outside the Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco.
    https://www.vox.com/2018/10/10/17955...workers-strike

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    Teamsters Support UNITE HERE Members On Strike Against Marriott

    UNITE HERE members are on strike against Marriott hotels in hotels across the country and Teamsters are walking the strike lines in support. In San Francisco the picket lines have been strengthened by Teamster members and trucks. Click here to see a gallery of photos.

    More than 110 Teamsters from Local 856 work alongside UNITE HERE members in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis, Marriott Union Square, Palace Hotel and W Hotel. "We are on the lines to support our brothers and sisters from UNITE HERE," said Peter Finn, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 856. "We represent hotel workers throughout the area working at the front desk and in the concierge and sales/accounting departments."
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/10/te...ainst-marriott

    https://unitehere.org/press-releases...ke-across-usa/
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    Thousands of SF Marriott Workers Still on Strike After Almost a Month

    On top of the usual downtown street noise, there’s a steady new soundtrack in San Francisco this month: The beating of drums, ringing of bells, and chanting through bullhorns of 2,500 workers at seven Marriott-owned hotels.

    “The energy’s high,” says Lisa Correa, a banquet hall worker at the Marriott Marquis and a 26-year hotel employee. “We all taking turns on the bull horn — if I’ve got to rest my voice, we’re drumming the buckets. We’ve got our whistles out.”

    “We’re just one day longer, one day stronger.”

    By that metric, the workers are 27 days strong. The national action of 8,000 Marriott workers, a third of them in San Francisco, began on October 3rd after contract negotiations with the hotel broke down this summer. Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will approve a meeting to hear from striking workers, who demand better wages, benefits, and working conditions from their employer.

    Recognition from local politicians could prove powerful. But for strikers, there’s still no end in sight to the picket line. According to a labor organizer for Unite Here Local 2, which represents the workers, union leaders and Marriott management remain at distant ends of the bargaining table.
    https://sf.eater.com/2018/10/30/1803...keting-protest

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    Default Re: Why nearly 8,000 Marriott workers are striking in 8 cities

    In many states they have gone back to work but not everywhere.

    Strike Day 50: Marriott hotel workers have Thanksgiving on picket line
    SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - The sole Bay Area holdout in a lengthy hotel worker strike had their Thanksgiving Day dinner on the picket line Thursday in San Francisco.

    There was turkey, trimmings and Christmas decorations as strikers and their children spent the holiday outdoors; a defiant display by the union that they are willing to strike as long as it takes.

    2,500 Marriott workers, represented by UNITE HERE Local 2, entered day 50 of the strike as negotiations with the hotel chain have outlasted hotel worker strikes in Oakland and San Jose, both of which reached agreements with the hotel and ended their strikes respectively earlier this month.
    Strike Day 50: Marriott hotel workers have Thanksgiving on picket line - Story | KTVU

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    Default Re: Why nearly 8,000 Marriott workers are striking in 8 cities

    Marriott workers just ended the largest hotel strike in US history

    Housekeepers in San Francisco will get a $4 hourly raise.

    Thousands of Marriott workers are going back to work Wednesday after ending the largest hotel strike in US history.

    About 2,500 striking hotel workers in San Francisco ratified a new contract with the hotel chain on Monday after months of tense negotiations, according to their labor union Unite Here. It was the final deal reached during a two-month strike that spread to 23 Marriott hotels in eight cities.

    The new union contracts vary by city, but in San Francisco, housekeepers will get a $4 hourly raise over the next four years. Right now, their median hourly wage is $23 an hour, according to the New York Times. Retiring employees will also get a small pension based on how many years they’ve worked at the company.

    As part of all new contracts, Marriott will provide GPS-enabled panic buttons for housekeepers to alert security staff if they feel unsafe with a guest when cleaning a room. And for the first time, the company has agreed to ban guests who have a history of sexually harassing workers.
    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-polit...ike-wage-raise
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