BOSTON (WHDH) - Dozens of Marriott hotel union workers in Boston went on strike Wednesday morning following months of contract negotiations.
Employees who are apart of the union Unite Here Local 26 picketed outside seven Marriott-operated hotels in the city, including Aloft Boston Seaport District, the Element Boston Seaport District, the Ritz-Carlton Boston, the Sheraton Boston, the W Hotel Boston, the Westin Boston Waterfront and the Westin Copley Place.
United Here Local 26 President Brian Lang says hospitality workers are frustrated with the lack of compensation associated with Marriott’s successes.
“Marriott has forced this strike. After 5 years of record profits and more than 6 months of contract talks Marriott still doesn’t get it,” he said. “It’s our work that creates the great experience for the hotel guests. We are the reason that they keep coming back. Our demand is modest and fair, One Job Should be Enough.”
A Marriott spokesperson says the company respects their associates’ rights to participate in a work stoppage but are disappointed with their decision.
“We are disappointed that Unite Here has chosen to resort to a strike at this time,” the spokesperson said. “Marriott’s current economic proposal matches the economic terms in the parties’ last contract, which included the largest increases in the parties’ bargaining history.”
The hotels will remain open during the strike.
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