1,500 workers walk out in Boston’s first-ever hotel strike

BOSTON (AP) — Hotel workers have walked out at seven Marriott hotels in Boston in what union organizers say is the city’s first-ever hotel strike.

Local 26 of Unite Here says more than 1,500 unionized workers, including housekeepers, cooks, bartenders and bellhops, went on strike at 5 a.m. Wednesday after months of seeking better pay in contract negotiations. The Boston hotels impacted include the Aloft Boston Seaport District, the Element Boston Seaport District, the Ritz-Carlton Boston, the Sheraton Boston, the W Hotel Boston, the Westin Boston Waterfront and the Westin Copley Place.

The Maryland-based company says its proposal matches the “economic terms” of the last contract and doesn’t propose any benefit changes.

The union says similar strikes are being considered in San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, San Jose, San Diego, Oakland and Honolulu.