Nearly 8,000 union members have gone on strike at Marriott hotels in seven cities around the country, including San Diego. Workers at the Westin Gaslamp Hotel joined the nationwide walkout this week, and are picketing in shifts from 4am to midnight daily.
Locals from UNITE HERE around the country started taking strike authorization votes in September, as members grew frustrated working under expired contracts. To date, there are also picket lines in Detroit, Boston, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, along with five locations in Hawaii.
While the theme for the work stoppage is “One Job Should Be Enough,” the union is pushing for new contracts will cover more than just raises. The union has made a big push to force hotel companies to adopt panic buttons for housekeepers, as a way to reduce the likelihood of sexual harassment and assault. [Read more…]