Workers strike at seven Boston hotels

Workers at several hotels owned by Marriott put up picket lines this morning.

Some 1,500 UNITE HERE Local 26 workers at the Aloft Boston Seaport District, the Element Boston Seaport District, the Ritz-Carlton Boston, the Sheraton Boston, the W Hotel Boston, the Westin Boston Waterfront and the Westin Copley Place.

Issues - after six months of negotiations - are job protection and scheduling, rights for pregnant workers and greater vigilance over sexual harassment.

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It never ceases to amaze me

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It never ceases to amaze me that these dripping-with-wealth institutions can't pay and treat their poor staff humanely. On top of that, these poor people have to deal with a lot of bullshit from well-off, spoiled guests who leave nothing but a mess for them to clean up!

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Why?

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They're paying the market-clearing price for the staff needed to do the jobs -- and apparently wages aren't the key issues here, anyway. Without knowing the specific details of the contract dispute (i.e. what the union ask and management offers entail) I think it's pretty tough to come to any conclusion as to whether either side is being reasonable.

I imagine that the union uses pattern bargaining as well, so any changes won in this contract dispute will eventually be demanded at all Marriott properties in Boston.

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do you really believe

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that Marriott is bargaining in good faith?

its pretty difficult to say with a straight face that workers and the corporation are morally equal.

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Of course

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Do you know why? Because absent concrete evidence of the contrary, we're all morally equal and all anybody's got here is socialist talking points.

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Why? Why would you question

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Why? Why would you question the fact that employees not be treated humanely?

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The union is publicizing this...

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So why wouldn't they state outright what their ask is, rather than just offering vague categories? I'd rather come to my own conclusion based on actual information rather than a kneejerk all-corporations-are-evil decision.

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