A Marriott hotel strike (NASDAQ:MAR) is taking place in eight cities around the U.S. this week as workers are seeking to renegotiate their contracts with the hotel operator, requesting higher wages.
The Marriott hotel strike is taking place in eight cities with about 7,700 workers walking out of their jobs, including 2,700 employees in the Hawaiian cities of Oahu and Maui, 2,500 in San Francisco and 1,800 in Boston. The other cities affected by the strike include San Diego, Oakland, San Jose and Detroit, affecting nearly two dozen hotels.
The workers are part of the Unite Here union, which has been in negotiations with the hotel operator for months due to contracts that expired over July and August. These workers who are in strike include housekeepers, bellhops, front desk attendants, restaurant employees and almost anyone who is not in a management position.
The Marriott hotel strike is being carried out by workers who are asking for higher wages and increased job security as the hotels add more technology and workplace safety. “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,” says D. Taylor, president of Unite Here.
MAR stock is down 0.3% Tuesday.