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Why Marriott Workers Are Striking

In Marriott hotels across the country, employees are striking for better wages and benefits—but also for the right to decide how technology is used in their industry.
Hotel employees and allies march outside the Marriot Marquis in San Francisco on October 8.
Hotel employees and allies march outside the Marriot Marquis in San Francisco on October 8.Sarah Holder/CityLab

To check into the Marriott-owned W Hotel in San Francisco, guests were ducking  behind a picket line of angry workers. “No contract, no peace!” the striking hotel employees chanted. Down the block, at the Marriott Marquis, there was another circle of picketers. Big bold font on their signs read: “One job should be enough.”

More than 7,000 employees of Marriott International-owned hotels across eight U.S. cities have walked out of about 40 hotels this month, in a nationwide strike that started in Boston on October 3 and has since spread all the way to Honolulu. The tagline that unifies them—“one job should be enough”—speaks to the wide scope of their goal.