Hundreds of hotel workers marched through Back Bay on Labor Day in a bid for better working conditions and pay before demonstrating in front of the Boston Sheraton Hotel where Unite Here Local 26 President Brian Lang announced the hotel workers would take a Sept. 12 vote to strike against the Marriott Hotel chain.
“If there is a strike, it’s going to be one like the city has never seen,” Lang said, as the crowd of labor activists chanted “Strike, strike, strike!”
“We’re not just hotel workers,” Lang continued. “We are service workers, like SEIU. We are the health care workers who work two jobs when one job should be enough.”
The hotel workers were joined by a coalition of labor groups, including SEIU 615, building trades workers, Boston Teachers Union members and others who had gathered for a rally in Copley Square. Many carried signs with the hotel workers’ slogan, “One job should be enough.”