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Marriott And Workers Union Reach Tentative Agreement After 6-And-A-Half-Week Strike

Hotel workers on strike outside the Sheraton Hotel in Back Bay. More than 1,500 workers at 7 Marriott International hotels in Boston are on strike Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (Zeninjor Enwemeka/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Hotel workers on strike outside the Sheraton Hotel in Back Bay. More than 1,500 workers at 7 Marriott International hotels in Boston are on strike Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (Zeninjor Enwemeka/WBUR)

After nearly a month and a half of striking at seven Marriott hotels in Boston, the workers' union and the hotel chain have reached a tentative agreement.

The ratification vote was held at the Hynes Convention Center Saturday at 2 p.m., UNITE HERE Local 26, the union representing the workers, said in a tweet.

Brian Lang, president of UNITE HERE Local 26, said the hotel chain met their demands.

"At the end of the day, Marriott stepped up, they have met all of our goals, they have a new standard for hotel workers in this city, and we expect other hotel employers to do the same thing," Lang said.

Kim Marshall, a restaurant greeter at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel, said the new contract makes her feel more valued.

"We worked really hard for this. So, the fact that we've been heard in a dignified way, that we've just our keep is amazing. So, I'm very proud of this moment right now," she said.

The 46-day strike began in October, after months of unsuccessful contract negotiations led more than 1,500 Marriott workers — including housekeepers, doormen, cooks and dishwashers — to walk off their job.

Employees are scheduled to go back to work on Wednesday.

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