Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport workers vote to strike
Workers at a second Marriott-operated property in Metro Detroit have voted to strike, union members announced Thursday.
After months of negotiations, some 96 percent of Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport represented by Unite Here Local 24 voted to strike Wednesday night, union officials said in a statement.
Hotel housekeepers, servers, cooks and other staffers at the Wayne County hotel cited workload and pay as central issues, according to the release.
The housekeepers "clean 23 rooms a day, which is nearly 10 rooms above the union standard in many cities," the union said. "Shifts are often 12 to 13 hours long for workers, limiting the ability of workers to see their families."
In a statement, Marriott International representatives said: “Through many years of working with Unite Here, we have always taken the negotiation process seriously and reached agreements. We respect the right of our associates to voice their opinions on issues that are important to them. Should the union and our employees choose to strike, our hotels will continue to operate and work to minimize any disruption and to provide the excellent service that our guests have come to expect.”
The vote coincides with other Unite Here members striking at the Detroit Westin Book Cadillac this week amid stalled contract talks and calls for better pay.
Members there authorized a strike last month. The actions are part of a larger, national effort by thousands of Marriott employees across the country, including Hawaii.