Boston, MA - Marriott Hotel workers began a protest this past Monday to fight for better wages. The workers blocked Boston traffic while trying to prove their point.
Marriott workers gathered together this past Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018, to start a protest. The men and women stood their ground in front of the Westin Copley yesterday, banging drums together and holding signs high for all to see. According to protesters, the reason behind the necessary event was due to the unfair wages they had been granted.
In the middle of the protest, police officers shut down Huntington Avenue. Twenty men and women decided to sit down on the street at approximately 6:15 p.m. for about 10 minutes to grab the attention of all local officials, and they did just that.
The majority of the protesters involved were members of the Unite Here Local 26, which represents all employees in the hotel and food industries in the surrounding areas. Organizations like the union and the Unite Here Local 26 are trying to protect hotel and food industry workers in the near future, due to the major technological changes predicted to happen.
As the protest was going on, many reports caught sight of what some of the posters said. Protesters held signs saying, “One job should be enough,” and, “No contract, no peace!” Workers were determined to get contracts with appropriate wages.
Thankfully, there were no arrests during the protest.
Because the Marriott Hotel is the largest hotel operator in Boston, and because it has been exceptionally well off as a business when it comes to the financials of the situation, workers claim that they are being wronged for not earning appropriate wages. The workers plan to stay in the streets until a contract is finalized. According to Brian Lang, the president of Local 26, the union has been in negotiations for a standard contract since March, but they have yet to make a decision.
According to officials, the Marriot International and the Unite Here have a great, longstanding relationship. Many predict that the situation will be sorted out to make everyone happy.