Striking hotel employees signed a contract with Marriott on Monday to end the biggest hotel strike in San Francisco for decades.
The strike, which began on October 4, involved seven Marriott-operated hotels in San Francisco and started at his hotel the third month. Almost 2,500 workers marched in front of the hotels, demanding higher wages, less work and the maintenance of existing health services.
The workers had decided to ratify the agreement on Monday. If it works, they would work again on Wednesday, said Anand Singh, president of Unite Here Local 2, who represents hotel workers.
Details of the settlement were not immediately available. "We believe it meets all our goals and expectations," Singh said. "This immediately sets the standard for hotel employees in this city."
Contracts with other hotel operators in San Francisco have also expired, and Unite Here Local 2 expects to negotiate new contracts with higher benefits soon after conclusion of the contract. Marriott disputes.
Seven other sites have also had strikes from Marriott in recent weeks and have reached working arrangements: Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, Detroit, Boston, Maui, and Oahu. Workers in Hawaii won a salary increase of $ 6 per hour over four years, Travel Weekly reported.
The San Francisco strike included some of the city's largest hotels, including the Courtyard Marriott Downtown, the Marriott Marquis, the Marriott Union Square, the Palace Hotel, the St. Regis, the W, and the Westin St. Francis.
"We can confirm that we have a preliminary agreement. We look forward to welcoming our employees back to work, "said a spokesperson for Marriott.
In a profit call on November 6, Marriott said the strike is unlikely to impact on the company's financial results is the world's largest hotel operator with 6,700 managed hotels, with only 23 hotels in eight cities, and Marriott's gross revenues increased 1
Analysts agreed that Marriott's business activities meant that strikes and new higher-wage contracts would not hurt the company
"It had no material impact on results," said David Beckel, senior analyst at Bernstein. He said a breach of the security of guest data, of which up to 500 million people – more than six percent of the world's population – could do more harm to the company's brand.
Marriott will remain a strong choice for hotel owners due to its fact, said Dan Wasiolek, a senior analyst at Morningstar.
"Here they stumble a bit" with the strike and the data breach, said Wasiolek. However, a greater risk is a slowdown in the economy and business travel.
Marriott expects revenue per available space to increase by 1 to 3 percent in 2019, compared to an increase of 4.6 percent in 2017.
In San Francisco The strike had a greater impact on the region.
Events organized by the Communications Network, the Shanti Project, the Chicana Latina Foundation, the Bay Area Wilderness Training, and others, backed in solidarity with the workers of Marriott hotels for the price of hundreds of thousands back from dollars.
Marriott has employed temporary workers in hours to keep the hotels running. Some agency workers said they were not paid on time and were fired as retaliation for talking to union leaders. Complaints were filed with federal and state regulators.
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