Workers at 7 Marriott Properties in Boston Walk Out in City’s First Hotel Strike

By Paul Riegler on 3 October 2018
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Boston, Mass.

Boston, Mass.

Workers at seven Marriott International properties in Boston walked off the job in what is the city’s first hotel strike.

The move follows months of contract negotiations that did not result in an agreement.

Over 1,500 employees ranging from bartenders to bellmen to housekeepers went on strike at the Aloft Boston Seaport District, Element Boston Seaport District, Ritz-Carlton Boston, Sheraton Boston, W Hotel Boston, Westin Boston Waterfront, and Westin Copley Place.

The union representing the workers, Unite Here Local 26, wants the workers to be recognized for the contributions they make to the hotels’ success and wants Marriott to protect employees from staff reductions resulting from automation including apps and kiosks used for checking into the properties.

“After five years of record profits and more than six months of contract talks, Marriott still doesn’t get it,” said Brian Lang, the union’s president, in a statement. “It’s our work that creates the great experience for the hotel guests. We are the reason they keep coming back.”

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