Striking Marriott employees will return to work Wednesday after members of the hospitality federation who represented the workers overwhelmingly approved…
Striking Marriott employees will return to work Wednesday after members of the hospitality federation who represented the workers overwhelmingly approved a new contract Saturday afternoon with the hotel chain.
“We have taken a huge step forward towards a job that is sufficient for hotel workers in this city,” said Brian Lang, chairman of Unite Here Local 26, to the reporters when the votes were held after a trade show at the Hynes Convention Center .
Long refused to release Specific details about the agreement until the remaining 5,000 Marriott workers strike in San Francisco and two places in Hawaii terminate their contracts. In total, 8,000 Marriott workers went away from work this fall and agreements have been reached in four other cities ̵
1; Detroit, San Jose, Oakland and San Diego.
In a statement to Globen on Saturday afternoon, Marriott officials confirmed that a preliminary agreement had been reached.
“We are looking forward to welcoming our employees back to work,” said a spokesman in an email.
The deal deals with all issues that the union had raised over salaries, jobs
Employees will receive salary back to March 1, he said.
For hotel housekeepers, which he called a part of the “backbone” “From the strike, the new business means that their lives will be” a bit richer, the workload will be a little easier. “
Long said the trade had a good dialogue with Marriott in the last week that led to the agreement.
” At the United States, they rose, they have met all our goals, they have set a new standard for hotel workers in the city, and we expect other employers to do the exact same thing, “said Lang.
The stall was the city’s first major hotel strike in modern history, with 1,500 employees, from housekeeper to bartender to doorman in seven hotels, including the Ritz-Carlton Boston, Sheraton Boston and Westin Copley Place. Boston workers, who went to strike on October 3rd, were the first Marriott employees nationwide to go out.
Local 26 will use the Marriott contract as a basis for negotiations with the rest of the union hotels in the Boston area – there are a total of 32 – some of them have already said they would agree on the same terms.
Lang said he hopes the deal will set the stage for other agreements between workers and employers.
“We have proven that ordinary working people can stand up to power in a way that is very effective,” Lang said, adding that “we can take on power and be treated like equals.”
Mayor Martin J. Walsh said at a community event in Jamaica Plain late on Saturday afternoon that he was grateful for the deal. He said that Lang had told him about the preliminary agreement held Friday night.
“I’m very grateful for that and happy for the workers,” he said. “They were out of work for over seven weeks.”
“Everyone is happy that it’s over. I always love to see that we do not have to work to get to solutions, but in this case they needed one and it was resolved.”
Earlier in the day Boston promised city council Andrea Campbell unions in an e-mail to the world.
“I was proud to stand with Local 26, and applaud his courage,” said Campbell. “I’m pleased to see Marriott leadership and the union reach an agreement that will set a new standard for these hard-working employees and make sure our hotel industry continues to enjoy Boston.”
City council Michelle Wu said she continued her “respect and gratitude” to the union and praised all parties to reach a preliminary agreement.
“I’m glad to hear that these brave workers have reached an agreement after many weeks of prosecution,” Wu said in an email to Globen. “Their usual contractual terms not only mean stability for their own families, but lighter opportunities for economic mobility throughout our city and beyond.”
World correspondent Alejandro Serrano contributed to this report. Katie Johnston can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ktkjohnston . John Hilliard can be reached at [email protected]