Reprinted from The New York Times by The Associated Press on September 3, 2018.
San Francisco police arrested 75 hotel workers protesting outside the J. W. Marriott’s Westin St. Francis hotel on Labor Day for blocking a street in one of the city’s busiest tourist areas.
About 900 Marriott hotel workers demonstrated Monday at Union Square as they consider a vote to authorize a strike, said Unite Here Local 2 spokesman Ted Waechter.
He said 8,000 workers in more than 50 hotels in San Francisco and six other North American cities are working without a contract.
Waechter says many hotel workers hold two jobs to support their families and their salaries have increased only by 7 percent in a decade. …