Hotel workers want Marriott and the world to know that they are fed up with the substandard treatment and wages that they receive from the company.
“In eight cities across the US, almost 8,000 Marriott hotel employees are walking picket lines demanding better wages, workplace safety, and a seat at the table for technology changes in the latest strike organized among America’s low-wage workers.
Although the workers represent a small fraction of total worldwide Marriott employees, the union representing striking workers, Unite Here, is calling this “the largest multi-city hotel strike in North American history”.
Nearly two dozen hotels have been affected including in Boston, San Francisco, Honolulu, Kauai, Detroit, San Diego, Oakland and San Jose, according to Marriott International and Unite Here. The union represents approximately 20,000 Marriott hotel employees in total with another quarter-million workers in related industries.
Although demands vary slightly between striking properties, the workers are striking under the slogan “’One job should be enough,’ a corollary to the Fight for $15 Movement spanning the service industry and demanding living wages in a rapidly changing economy. Activists say incomes have lagged far behind inflation and cost of living, and many complain they must often work two or three full-time jobs to afford basic necessities.
‘I, at my age, have never had children myself because there’s no hope that I could afford – with the wages I’m making – to take care of a wife and a child. I’ll probably end up dying that way because I’ve never had enough,’ said Michael Greenia, 55, a Marriott cook, while he stood inside a blue-tarp strike tent on a frigid and windy night in Detroit.”
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