Marriott workers reach strike agreement in Oakland - SF work action continues

Marriott workers reach strike agreement in Oakland - SF work action continues

Marriott strikers have reached an agreement in Oakland – but in San Francisco they will still beat the drums as the strike goes into the second month.

"At national level, there has been some significant progress this week in discussions on key issues, such as job security, and we've arrived in a settlement in Oakland, but there's more to do," said the hotel in San Francisco 2 President Anand Singh,

Ty HudsonHowever, with East Bay's Unite Here Local 2850 refusing to cover details of the Oakland deal, it said the new agreement would "allow people to earn a living in the extremely expensive Bay Area."

Hotel employees earn around $ 43,000 a year and only $ 10 a month for health care for themselves and their families. The strike pay for the Oakland workers was $ 300 a week.

Singh said the next round of talks for the San Francisco striker was scheduled for November 12 and 13.

"It will take a bit longer here," Singh said about the strike in San Francisco. "But we are committed, we are at stake and we stay strong."

Nearly 2,500 hotel employees dropped off their jobs at seven San Francisco Marriott hotels early last month. Another 500 workers left Oakland and San Jose.

For the past four weeks, beginning at 7am, strikers in downtown San Francisco have been hearing the sound of hammering drums and the sound of megaphones often aimed at hotel rooms.

But while the strikers were present on the street, the city's fall season continued without major cancellations.

"We had the busiest fall we ever had. In fact, 2019 will be the busiest year we've ever had, "says the Executive Director of the San Francisco Travel Association Joe D'Allesandro said.

Unlike the lockout of hotels in 2004, 4,000 maids, bell boys, cooks, and other hourly wage earners took to the streets – and mayors Gavin Newsom running a picket line – the current strike seems to have barely made itself felt in the town hall.

The Board of Supervisors held a hearing on Friday that Marriott did not want to attend. mayor London breed Marriott also asked to negotiate an agreement.

Marriott did not prompt our calls for a comment.

"The hope is that this will be resolved and everyone can work again," said D & # 39; Allesandro.

Until then, the drums continue to sound.

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