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Marriott Workers Protest in S.F.; Eight-City Strike Continues

October 30, 2018

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—More than 1,000 striking Marriott hotel workers and supporters marched in San Francisco Oct. 20 as the eight-city national strike against the chain entered its third week. “I’m fighting for my rights, for my daughter, for good benefits and pay,” cook Elizabeth Jimenez told the San Francisco Examiner. “Our hours are not enough if you are living in San Francisco. Even if you are living outside of San Francisco, it’s not enough.” Job security, steady hours, pay increases, and workplace safety are the main issues in the walkout by more than 7,700 workers in Boston, Detroit, San Diego, the Bay Area, and Hawaii. UNITE HERE spokesperson Rachel Gumpert said that in talks with Marriott the previous week, “we didn’t see any movement on the key issues.” Hundreds of UNITE HERE Local 26 members also rallied in Boston Oct. 20 to support strikers there. Mayor Martin J. Walsh attended, asking Marriott to agree to a contract and offering his office for talks. Read more

October 30, 2018

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