About 1500 Marriott employees at Boston properties have walked off the job including groups “from housekeepers to bartenders to bellmen” at the following properties:
- Aloft Boston Seaport District
- Element Boston Seaport District
- Ritz-Carlton Boston, Sheraton Boston
- W Hotel Boston
- Westin Boston Waterfront
- Westin Copley Place
Westin Boston Waterfront, credit: Marriott
Properties remain open. According to the hotel chain,
Marriott’s current economic proposal matches the economic terms in the parties’ last contract, which included the largest increases in the parties’ bargaining history. We have not proposed any changes to our associates’ health, welfare or retirement benefits. During the strike our hotels are open, and we stand ready to provide excellent service to our guests. While we respect our associates’ rights to participate in this work stoppage, we also will welcome any associate who chooses to continue to work.
This is reportedly the first hotel strike in Boston history. About two weeks ago I wrote that union Unite Here was “considering strikes in Boston, San Francisco, Waikiki, and Maui.” and that workers whose contracts are contemporaneously up in Detroit, Oakland, Seattle, San Jose, and San Diego could consider strikes as well.”
I would anticipate somewhat more chaotic or less efficient service than usual. We’ll see how things develop over the coming days but there are going to be contingency plans that Marriott has in place to staff their properties. While they won’t like to have workers striking, let alone if housekeepers wind up accosting guests as they enter and leave the property, it won’t surprise me if these hotels remain largely functional.
In any case for the sake of those that are walking off the job I hope this can be resolved quickly.