The Boston hotel strike—the first in the city’s history—has affected seven key Marriott properties in the city.
The Boston hotel strike affects 1,500 Marriott workers—housekeepers, cooks, bartenders, doormen and other employees—who walked out of seven hotels after months of wage negotiations. Marriott is one of the city’s largest employers, and the strike has affected seven of its properties: the 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.
In a statement, a Marriott International spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that Unite Here has chosen to resort to a strike at this time. Marriott’s current economic proposal matches the economic terms in the parties’ last contract, which included the largest increases in the parties’ bargaining history. We have not proposed any changes to our associates’ health, welfare or retirement benefits. During the strike our hotels are open, and we stand ready to provide excellent service to our guests. While we respect our associates’ rights to participate in this work stoppage, we also will welcome any associate who chooses to continue to work.”
All the hotels remain open for business, though it is unclear how the walkout will affect service. In the ongoing hotel strike in Chicago, there have been numerous reports of lengthy waits for check-in, uncleaned rooms and poorly trained restaurant personnel.
Marriott faces similar actions in several cities, including Honolulu, Detroit, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Oakland and San Jose.
This story was originally written by and reported on by Barbara Scofidio on prevuemeetings.com. It was edited for recommend.com.