Seems that the strikes affecting Marriott hotels around the US for the past two months are finally over. The bay area employees that were the last to strike a deal returned to work on Wednesday pending vote on the tentative agreement.
These strikes were highly disruptive for the hotels in question that were unable to provide daily housekeeping service or guarantee that all the F&B outlets were open.
Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times (access their piece here):
A worker in San Francisco who retires while the new contract is in place will receive a pension of $50 per month for each year of employment, said Anand Singh, the president of Unite Here Local 2, which represented the workers in San Francisco. Housekeepers, who are generally the lowest paid workers, will receive increases starting at $1.75 an hour and growing to more than $4 an hour over the life of the four-year contract. The current median wage for housekeepers is $23 an hour, Ms. Gumpert said.
Housekeepers will also receive a reduced workload that increases over the life of the contract, especially if they have a number of rooms that don’t receive daily cleaning as part of Marriott’s “Make A Green Choice“ program. The initiative, billed as an environmental alternative, offers loyalty points to guests who forgo daily room cleaning. Housekeepers had complained that it disrupted the schedule for deep cleaning and that they were at risk of injury while trying to get through the heavy work in all their allotted rooms, no matter how many had previously been pulled from the daily cleaning pool, Ms. Gumpert said.
Good that the strikes are finally over and United Here can then move to deal with other chains that have expired contracts.
I would prefer that the chains would offer fair pay to all employees and we could then move away from the tipping (personal preference).
Seems that the housekeeping staff members in the Bay area are making a decent wage, although it is very expensive area to live and daily commute must be brutal. Do we still see those tipping envelopes left by the pillow?