Marriott CEO Blasts Union, Rebuffs San Francisco Leaders Over Strike

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 16: A cable car passes in front of a Marriott hotel on November 16, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Marriott International announced plans to purchase Starwood Hotels & Resorts for $12.2 billion. The deal would create the world's largest hotel company. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

For almost a month, Marriott workers in cities across the country have been striking for higher wages, benefits, and job security. In San Francisco, 2,300 workers from seven Marriott hotels have walked off the job and additional employees are striking in San Jose and Oakland. On Wednesday, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson rejected an invitation to attend a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting aimed at working out the conflict. We’ll get the latest on the strike and what it means for workers, the Marriott Corporation and the Bay Area economy.


Hillary Ronen, District 9 supervisor, San Francisco

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