For immediate release
December 3, 2018
rgumpert [at] unitehere [dot] org
With San Francisco Settlement, the Largest Hotel Worker Strike in Modern History Ends With Transformed Wages and Working Conditions for 7,700 Marriott Workers
San Francisco, CA – Early this morning 2,500 striking San Francisco UNITE HERE Marriott workers reached a tentative agreement on a contract agreement with Marriott, making San Francisco the eighth and final city to reach a settlement to end the 7,700 worker strikes of Marriott across the past nine weeks. Workers are voting to ratify the contract until 5pm PST, when it is expected to be overwhelmingly approved.
The settlement today in San Francisco marks the end of the largest multi-city hotel industry strike ever, nine weeks after seven UNITE HERE affiliates spanning eight different locations first walked out on strike. The San Francisco contract like the settlements in all eight locations marks historic level wage and benefit increases in those cities, as well as sexual harassment protections including removal and banning of guests who violate women, and a seat at the table for workers as the hospitality industry grapples with automation in hotels. San Francisco strikers will return to work Wednesday morning following the expected contract ratification today.
“Today the historic contract settlement made with Marriott in San Francisco marks the beginning of a new standard for hotel workers in North America, and has made Marriott a leader in the hospitality industry in ensuring that one job is enough for hotel workers to live on with dignity,” said D. Taylor, International President of UNITE HERE. “Because of the movement made by Marriott in San Francisco to make one job enough for the eighth and final city, today an end has been reached for the largest hotel worker strike in modern American history.”
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 UniteHere.org