Detroit – After weeks of low and stagnant wages, hotel staff in Detroit have reached an agreement with Marriott's Westin Book Cadillac on Saturday, officials said.
Hotel housekeepers, waiters, cooks, and doormen of the Downtown Washington Boulevard hotel – all members of Unite Here Local 24 – are dropping their pickets, calling them a "24/7" strike.
Nia Winston, president of the Hospitality Union, called the agreement for hotel employees "historic progress" on issues that affect wages, health care, benefits and working conditions.
"What we've achieved will change the lives of workers and the hotel industry here in Detroit," she said.
Winston said they had been fighting for a better contract for a job "sufficient for hotel workers in Detroit".
"We were strong in solidarity," said Winston. "Regardless of origin, race, age or division, the workers refused to be shared and won as a result. We hope that similar progress can be made in the six striking cities, and the progress Marriott has made here in Detroit shows that they can move sensibly. "
The strike, which began at 5 am on 7 October, took place after the contracts between Union Local 24 and Westin Book Cadillac expired on 30 June. The 160 members of Unite Here Local 24 joined Marriott's 8,500 employees, with strikes across the country raising wages. On October 22, the 24-hour strike called for CityLab 2018's summit to be resettled.
Local 24 did not disclose any details about the settlement, but said that it will do so after the other conspicuous cities have made their arrangements.
The six cities are expected to renegotiate or seek dates to resume negotiations soon, officials said.
Marriott employees did not respond immediately to The News requests on Saturday night.
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