Marriott and Striking San Francisco Employees Reach Agreement

The San Francisco Marriott Marquis
The San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Marriott International and 2,500 striking employees who have been on strike since Oct. 4 at seven of its Bay Area hotels in California have reached am agreement on a new contract and are expected to return to work this Wednesday.

The seven hotels affected are the Palace Hotel, the W San Francisco, the Marriott Union Square, the Westin St. Francis, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, the Courtyard San Francisco Downtown and the St. Regis San Francisco

After more than two months of picket lines, chants and protests, nearly 100 percent (99.6) of the union members voted yes to the new deal; it will be in effect through 2022. The deal includes higher wages and job-security protections, the details of which will be available once the deal is ratified.

"This hard-fought contract sets a new and transformative standard for San Francisco's hotel industry," said Anand Singh, president of Unite Here Local 2. 

The agreement is expected to be a model for more than 5,500 additional workers at other San Francisco hotels who will soon begin negotiations. Singh said the Marriott deal will make it easier to negotiate with other large hotel chains in the city, such as Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and the InterContinental Hotels Group, where contracts expired this past summer.  

San Francisco was the last holdout of several destinations across the country, including Boston, Detroit, San Diego, San Jose and Hawaii, where more than 8,000 Marriott employees walked off their jobs and onto picket lines in support of several contractual demands, including higher wages, enhanced job security and better working conditions.