Thousands of workers at eight Marriott hotels in San Francisco and San Jose went on strike Thursday morning, saying the hotel chain failed to move the needle on several key issues during contract negotiations, including a “livable wage, job security and an end to unsafe overwork.”
The employees are part of the Unite Here union, which represents 270,000 people in the United States and Canada who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries. Union organizers said many of its members have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.
In the Bay Area, there are about 12,000 Unite Here members who work as housekeepers, dishwashers, servers and bartenders, cooks and bellmen at various hotels, including Marriott. About 2,500 union members are walking the picket lines at seven hotels in downtown San Francisco, including the Marriott Union Square, Palace Hotel, W San Francisco, Westin St. Francis Union Square, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Courtyard San Francisco Downtown and St. Regis San Francisco.
In the South Bay, the San Jose Marriott in downtown is also being affected by the strike.
“For too long Marriott workers have struggled to get by, forced to work multiple jobs, sustaining workplace injuries, and having their hours cut, just to get by,” said D. Taylor, president of the Unite Here union. “Today, thousands of Unite Here workers are in the streets striking Marriott across the country because Unite Here workers believe one job should be enough to live on.”
BREAKING: Thousands of workers at seven @Marriott hotels in downtown San Francisco are on strike. Hotel workers believe one job should be enough to make ends meet when you’re working for the richest hotel company on Earth.
#MarriottStrike #1job #unitehere #1u pic.twitter.com/zlZkcAm7Fn
— UNITE HERE Local 2 #1job (@UniteHereLocal2) October 4, 2018
Marriott did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Marriott employees who are members of the Unite Here union in Boston went on strike Wednesday, and the union said members in other cities are likely to go on strike in the coming days. Unite Here said 8,300 members have authorized strikes across nine U.S. tourism destinations.
Unite Here officials said union contracts for more than half a dozen Unite Here affiliates have expired in the past year. Union officials said Marriott “failed to make significant progress on multiple key issues” after months of negotiations.
Ted Waechter, a spokesman for …
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle