For immediate release
October 19, 2018
rgumpert [at] unitehere [dot] org
Honolulu, HI – The 7,700-worker Marriott strikes that have been sweeping across the country are set to escalate further on Saturday, with the largest and most militant mobilization of thousands of striking Marriott workers, political leaders, and allied supporters to date.
In all eight striking tourist destinations across the country, the 7,700 striking UNITE HERE Marriott workers expect to hold their largest-turnout actions to date in a day of mass demonstrations with major political allies, LGBTQ allies, and dozens of aligned unions from the public, private, and trades sectors. The actions will vary by location, and will include acts of civil disobedience, major live band performances, visits from some of the highest-ranking labor leaders in North America, the largest pickets to date in the strike cities, and much more.
UNITE HERE Marriott workers have had their contracts expired for months, with repeated failure from Marriott to make progress on the most central issues for workers. Workers authorized the strikes nearly a month ago, and after multiple trips back to the bargaining table with no movement from Marriott, all eight cities have walked in the past two weeks in the largest multi-city hotel worker strike in American history. Workers are fighting for Marriott to raise pay so that one full time job is enough to live on in these cities, for basic job security around automation in the industry, and for an end to the unsafe workplaces created by the so-called “Green Choice” program. Follow #MarriottStrike and #1job for updates; a full list of the actions is available at www.onejob.org/oct20.
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 www.OneJob.org