San Francisco Mayor jumps into Marriott Hotel Labor Dispute

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<pre><pre>San Francisco Mayor jumps into Marriott Hotel Labor Dispute

On Friday evening, the mayor did just that.

"As a longtime supporter of organized work, I support workers' rights to organize, bargain collectively, and advocate for better wages and benefits," Breed said in a statement to KQED.

"We were in contact with Unite Here Local 2 and next week I invited union representatives to my office to discuss possible ways," the mayor said.

On October 4, housekeepers, kitchen workers, bartenders, and others left work at Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Marriott Marquis, Marriott Union Square, Palace Hotel, St. Regis, W, and Westin St. Francis.

Similar strikes by Unite Here workers are being held in San Jose, Oakland and several other cities across the country, including San Diego, Boston and Detroit.

Unite Local 2 Officials say the San Francisco strike will not come to an end in the foreseeable future. A union organizer said that since the dispute began, the two sides have not met, although there are plans in the near future.

The union says its members are fighting for livable wages, job security and "an end to insecure congestion", but they have refused to provide details on their contract proposal.

Marriott has consistently said that it is disappointed with the union's decision to go on strike and that the company's hotels remain open during labor. However, a spokesman for the hotel chain has repeatedly refused to answer questions about the dispute.

The union's five-year agreement with Marriott ended on August 15. According to Unite Here, the median income for his hotel employees during this contract was $ 44,000.

The disputes have occurred in the belly of one of the most profitable sectors of San Francisco, its tourism and hospitality industry.

It is unclear how much pain the industry feels. There are some reports of customer complaints in hotels where workers strike.

The Hotel Council of San Francisco has refused to comment on the strike

The city's travel agency says there are not many conferences that change plans.

"We are aware of an organization that has moved from a hotel in San Francisco (on strike) to another hotel in San Francisco and everything went smoothly," said Laurie Armstrong Gossy, a spokeswoman for San Francisco Travel, via e-mail.

"No city-wide groups (which use multiple hotels) have canceled or not booked because of the work action," Gossy said.

The Marriott strike marks the biggest work conflict in the hotel since workers were shut out of more than a dozen city hotels in 2004. This was part of a week-long conflict in which mayor Gavin Newsom briefly participated in a picket line.

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