For immediate release
July 9, 2018
New York, NY – Today travel advisories on Marriott hotels in eight major American cities were launched as a labor dispute looms. Union contracts for Marriott hotels in Boston, Detroit, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, and various locations in Hawaii have all expired. Union contracts for seven Marriott hotels in San Francisco are set to expire on August 15th, 2018. Individual travelers, meeting planners, and groups can monitor the status of disputes at Marriott hotels in each city where contracts have expired at www.MarriottTravelAlert.org.
UNITE HERE has launched a centralized travel alert site regarding contract disputes for the over 12,000 UNITE HERE Marriott workers whose contracts expire this summer to educate guests and professionals about possible disruptions that could impact their travel plans in these eight cities. The alert site offers real time updates on the status of Marriott labor disputes that could impact major cities across America, as well as a pledge for individual and guest customers to sign committing to honor any boycott or strike that might arise, and to respect women workers at Marriott who are fighting now to secure comprehensive sexual harassment protections.
The eight city travel advisories come just one week after UNITE HERE Marriott workers staged major demonstrations at Marriott hotels across the country advocating for new contracts with jobs that are enough to support families, safer workloads for workers, and comprehensive sexual harassment protections. Marriott is the largest and most profitable hotel company in the world, and UNITE HERE workers are calling on Marriott to raise their standards so that one job is enough and safe to support a family on.
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, including many immigrant workers.