On March 14, 2007, Local 26 union members at Starwood’s Boston hotels overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike and boycott at the Starwood Boston hotels. Over 97% of votes cast were in favor of authorizing a strike and boycott.
While negotiations are ongoing, the negotiating committee of 50 Starwood workers is now authorized to call a strike or boycott if necessary. The contract covering the Sheraton Boston, Boston Park Plaza and Westin Waterfront Hotels has expired and the contract at the Westin Copley Place is set to expire on March 31, 2007. A strike at any of these properties can be called as early as April 1.
Over 1,400 Local 26 members are employed at these hotels. All other union hotels in Boston have signed "me too" agreements requiring them to accept the contract negotiated by Starwood and Local 26. There is no risk of strike, lockout or other labor unrest at the "me too" hotels.
Boston hotels are among the most profitable in North America. Hotel workers in Boston are fighting for affordable health insurance, good wages, safe working conditions and the ability to retire with dignity. Starwood hotel workers in cities across North America have achieved these goals. Workers in Boston deserve no less.