Nearly 8,000 Marriott Workers Continue to Strike Across Eight Cities
Thousands of workers at Marriott-owned hotels took to the streets in eight major U.S. cities, calling for higher wages, safety measures, and job security.
Nearly 8,000 housekeepers, bartenders, and other service workers 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.
Negotiations to renew labor contracts with the world’s largest hotel company stalled in September, as employees called for raises, a certain number of guaranteed work hours, more secure schedules, better sexual harassment protections, and pregnancy accommodations. Workers across the country voted to authorize a strike citing mounting frustration over the stalled negotiations.
In Hawaii, guests are beginning to feel the impact, as the strike enters its fifth day. About 2,700 workers walked off the job at the Sheraton Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Maui.