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Westin Book Cadillac workers reach settlement, ending strike

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Democratic Congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib, center, marches on the packed picket line with workers before a rally. Workers from Unite Here Local 24 on strike at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit on Oct 9, 2018.

Detroit — After weeks of striking over low and stagnant wages, Detroit hotel workers reached a settlement Saturday with the Marriott-operated Westin Book Cadillac, officials said. 

Hotel housekeepers, servers, cooks and doormen at the downtown hotel on Washington Boulevard — all members of Unite Here Local 24 — are putting down their picket signs from what they called a "24/7" strike. 

Nia Winston, the hospitality union president, called the settlement for hotel workers "historic progress" on issues impacting wages, healthcare, benefits and working conditions. 

"What we’ve achieved will change workers lives and the hotel industry here in Detroit,” she said.  

Winston said they fought for a better contract so that one job could "be enough for hotel workers in the city of Detroit."

“We stood strong in solidarity,” Winston said. “Regardless of background, race, age, or department, workers refused to be divided, and as a result emerged victorious. We’re hopeful that similar progress can be achieved in the six cities still on strike, and the progress made by Marriott here in Detroit shows that they are able to make reasonable movement."

The strike, which started at 5 a.m. on Oct. 7, was held after contracts between union Local 24 and Westin Book Cadillac expired on June 30. The 160 members of the Unite Here Local 24 joined 8,500 Marriott workers who held strikes across the country for better wages. On Oct. 22, the 24-hour strike prompted a the CityLab 2018 summit to relocate

Local 24 did not release further details on the settlement, but said they will after the other striking cities have reached their agreements. 

The six cities are scheduled to be back in bargaining or seeking dates to return to bargaining shortly, officials said. 

Marriott officials did not immediately respond to The News' requests Saturday evening.
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