Dozens arrested in San Francisco hotel protest
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of striking hotel workers in San Francisco have been arrested after sitting down in the street and blocking downtown traffic.
Rush-hour traffic was halted Friday afternoon as about 1,000 workers demonstrated at the Marriott Marquis.
At least seven hotels have been picketed since workers struck more than a week ago.
The workers’ union, Unite Here, says about 60 workers and supporters were arrested peacefully in a show of civil disobedience. However, police put the figure at about 40.
They’re among nearly 8,000 workers that have walked off jobs at Marriotts from Boston to Honolulu. Marriott is the world’s largest hotel operator.
The union says workers are seeking better compensation to keep up with soaring housing and living costs. They’re also concerned about new technologies that may replace their jobs.