Here are letters from the General Managers of the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter and the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani apologizing for limited services at the hotels.
7,700 Marriott Workers Now on Strike Across USA
Detroit, MI – Today, thousands more Marriott hotel workers represented by UNITE HERE walked out on strike in two locations in Hawai’i, bringing the total number of UNITE HERE Marriott workers on strike to 7,700 nationally. Hawai’i strikers join workers who struck in days prior across Boston, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Detroit, and San Diego.
“Today 7,700 UNITE HERE workers are on strike across Marriott hotels in eight tourism destinations across America to change the hospitality industry and demand that one job be enough to support their families,” said D. Taylor, international president of UNITE HERE. “I could not be more proud of the courage and solidarity of UNITE HERE hotel workers today, for stepping up to fight for a better life for themselves, their families, and all hotel workers across the industry. Marriott is the richest and most profitable hotel company in the world, and by taking them on in this historic hotel worker strike, UNITE HERE union members are going to change the lives of all workers in our industry.”
UNITE HERE affiliates have spent months in negotiations with Marriott in cities across the country as contracts expired, but authorized strikes weeks ago after Marriott failed to make significant movement on key strike issues including providing jobs that pay enough for workers to support their families, securing job protection around automation, and workplace safety around the so-called “Green Choice” program. UNITE HERE returned to the bargaining table after authorizing the strikes over the past two weeks, but Marriott remained unwilling to make meaningful progress on central issues. Additional cities may strike Marriott at any time. Workers will be on strike until they win.
Contact: Rachel Gumpert, (908) 752-3929, rgumpert [at] unitehere [dot] org
UNITE HERE represents 270,000 members working in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at OneJob.org.
Boston Marriott workers are on strike now, and Marriott workers in 8 other cities have authorized strikes. In Seattle, Marriott agreed with the Washington Conservation Voters to amend the WCV’s event contract with the Westin Seattle that allows the WCV to relocate in the event of a labor dispute and relieves the WCV from associated cancellation penalties. Consider asking Marriott for a similar amendment in your event contract.
Here is the amendment to the WCV contract:
The Westin Seattle is aware that WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS is strongly committed to supporting all working people. Should the hotel become aware of a work stoppage or service interruption (such as boycott, strike, lockout or picketing) due to termination of a labor contract, contract extension or new contract negation, The Westin Seattle agrees to notify the client as soon as one of these events occur. Should WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS determine that a relocation to another location is deemed necessary due to expected service interruptions or a labor dispute (including the list of other labor disputes above) WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS will be relieved of any attrition and/or cancellation penalties due to the Hotel. If a work stoppage or strike action occurs and WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS chooses to remain at the Hotel, WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS will be relieved of any attrition fees for guestroom pick-up and all fees will be waived for the cancellation or reduction of any scheduled food and beverage event and any payments previously made to The Westin Seattle will be returned to WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS within a timely manner.
If you are able to get new language into your contract, please share the good news with us! Please also sign the pledge to support striking Marriott workers at www.MarriottTravelAlert.org.
Oakland, CA – Today nearly 200 workers at the Oakland Marriott City Center have walked out on strike, as negotiations with Marriott failed to move after months at the table and on the heels of 8,300 Marriott workers represented by UNITE HERE authorizing strikes of the company just weeks ago. The Oakland Marriott workers are joining more than 2,500 Marriott workers who went on strike yesterday in San Francisco and San Jose and 1,500 Marriott workers in Boston who went on strike on Wednesday.
Wei-Ling Huber, president of Local 2850, said “Marriott workers are on strike for the principle that One Job Should be Enough. As the cost of living skyrockets in Oakland and the hotel industry is booming, many hotel workers cannot afford to live in the city where they work. Many work multiple jobs just to survive. As the largest and richest hotel company in the world, Marriott can and must change that.”
Vernice Scott, a banquet server at the Oakland Marriott said, “We are the ones who welcome travelers to Oakland, and many of us have served this city for decades. We are the reason Marriott is so successful. We are only asking for what is fair, and we are willing to strike to achieve it, standing together with our sisters and brothers at Marriott hotels across North America.”
UNITE HERE represents more than 20,000 Marriott hotel workers across North America, of whom more than 12,000 have had their contracts expire and are locked in ongoing negotiations. Multiple UNITE HERE locals in nine different cities have authorized strikes of Marriott that can begin any time, and some are already on strike. Three of the most crucial points of disagreement include the need for Marriott to be a leader in the hospitality industry, recognize their role as the largest and most profitable hotel company in the world, and offer workers jobs that are enough for them to live on. Additionally, workers are fighting for improved workplace safety, particularly around unsafe workloads and strenuous physical labor created by the so-called “Green Choice program,” and pioneering job protections around technology and innovation in the hospitality industry.
UNITE HERE represents more than 270,000 members working in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada.