Boston Magazine: Billy Bragg Will Headline the “Largest Rally” Yet for Striking Battery Wharf Hotel Workers

“The strike at the Battery Wharf Hotel goes to the very heart of the problems in our society,” Bragg says. “Working people feel they no longer have any agency over their lives. The precarious nature of the employment market has made it harder to afford housing and raise a family. The remedy to this situation is […]

Boston Globe: Let’s see now, just what are those outrageous demands of the striking Battery Wharf Hotel workers?

These workers may think that they deserve regular raises, job security, and a reasonable workload. Maybe they want good health care so that they can care for their families, and a secure retirement after a lifetime of hard work.

Boston Globe: Tensions mount as Battery Wharf Hotel strike continues

As the Battery Wharf Hotel strike stretches into its fourth week, with workers picketing 12 hours a day and negotiations going nowhere, tensions are ramping up. The union is looking into a pair of Canadian consultants it thinks are behind a “Draconian” contract proposal intended to drive down labor costs, which it said could put the […]

Battery Wharf hotel workers poised to strike

Boston Globe—Following the Marriott strike last fall, nearly every union hotel in and around Boston has agreed to adopt the same contract brokered with the hospitality giant, offering a broad array of enhanced benefits, from better wages and pensions to protections for immigrant workers and pregnant women. Read more >>

46-Day Boston Marriott Hotel Strike is Over

UNITE HERE Local 26 hotel workers ratify historic agreement with Marriott and will return to work Boston, MA—The all-seasons strike of Boston hotel workers is over after strikers overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new contract with Marriott on Saturday. The 46-day strike, which was the longest and largest hotel worker strike in Boston’s history, led […]

Massachusetts Political Leaders Delegate Marriott Management, Call for Meaningful Negotiations to End Strike

Local politicians show strong support of striking Marriott hotel workers, out fighting for one job that’s enough to live on for almost a full month Governor Baker Moves Event: In addition to today’s delegation of state and local politicians, last week Governor Charlie Baker said he would no longer hold his election night events at the Sheraton […]

Boston Marriott Hotel Workers on Strike!

As of 5:00AM UNITE HERE Local 26 hotel workers are on strike at 7 Marriott hotels in Boston Historic strike at the biggest hotel employer in Boston Workers say: “One Job Should Be Enough” to wealthiest hotel company in the world What: UNITE HERE Local 26 hotel workers from doormen to housekeepers are on strike […]

Hotel Workers Open Strike Headquarters in Downtown Boston, Prepare for Potential Strike of Marriott Hotels

Workers test bullhorns, staple picket signs, and sign up for picket lines in preparation for a potential strike at Marriott hotels Boston, MA—This week UNITE HERE Local 26 hotel workers are signing up for shifts on strike picket lines, making hundreds of picket signs, and testing bullhorns for a potential strike of the richest hotel […]

With 96% Voting Yes, Boston Marriott Hotel Workers Vote to Strike

BOSTON—More than 1,000 UNITE HERE Local 26 hotel workers have voted to authorize a strike at eight Boston Marriott hotels—the W, Westin Copley, Westin Boston Waterfront, Renaissance, Ritz Carlton, Sheraton Boston, Aloft, and Element hotels. With overwhelming support to strike, the bargaining committee can now call a strike at any time. This news comes two days […]

Boston Hotel Workers Announce Strike Vote Set for September 12

BOSTON, MA – Today on Labor’s traditional sleepy “day off”, 22 UNITE HERE Local 26 members and President Brian Lang risked arrested in front of the Westin Copley by participating in a peaceful sit-down civil disobedience, followed by a march to the Sheraton Boston where they announced a strike authorization vote set for September 12.  Should workers vote to authorize […]

UNITE HERE Local 26 Holds Largest Hotel Worker Picket in Over a Decade, Joins International Contract Fight with Marriott, World’s Largest & Richest Hotel Chain

BOSTON, MA – Today hundreds of UNITE HERE Local 26 workers took to the streets of downtown Boston, picketing 7 Marriott operated hotels, including the W, Westin Boston Waterfront, Aloft, Element, Renaissance, Ritz Carlton, culminating in a major picket and rally in front of the Sheraton Boston. After months of negotiations, these Marriott hotels are ten days past […]