Marriott Hotel Workers Strike Intensifies

Matt Bigler
November 02, 2018 - 11:07 am

Marriott's striking hotel workers were noisily walking the picket lines Friday morning emboldened by a new sign of support from the mayors of San Francisco and Oakland. 

"We're willing to make that sacrifice," said Jonah Cuttler, a cook at the prestigious St. Regis hotel. "We know our purpose out here and that's what keeps us going."

San Francisco Mayor London Breed and her Oakland counterpart Libby Schaaf have signed a letter urging Marriott's chief executive to reach an agreement with the UNITE HERE workers. 

In an apparent attempt to break the impasse, San Francisco officials invited union representatives and Marriott executive to city hall Friday afternoon. So far, Marriott has declined to participate. 

"I feel they have something to hide," said Cuttler

If they don't have something to hide, show up

The nationwide strike began in early October and affects 7,500 workers at 23 Marriott International hotels. Workers are demanding what they call a living wage so they don't have to find additional jobs.