Hundreds of volunteer hotel workers who have turned to Marriott hotels in San Francisco in the last month, fled into San Francisco City Hall on Friday, revealing stories of difficulties to get past in one of the most expensive areas in the country. 19659002] Unite Lord Local 2 members who left the job from the beginning of October had red shirts with the words "one job will be enough" and shared their matches before a special consultation of the Supervisory Board.
Some of them cried when they described how tough it was to pass by, more jobs are working on wages they consider to be low, barely able to afford high rent and mortgages.
"I live on the shaving edge from one day to the next," said Nicholas Javier, a server at Westin St. Francis who lives in a hotel with a room.
Julian Penrose, a bellman at the W-hotel, said he had to work with more jobs.
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"I do not feel like my wife and I can afford to have children in this city," said Penrose.
"A job should be enough to make ends meet. A job should be enough to have a family, take care of your family … to cover healthcare … to retreat in dignity, said Penrose.
"We live in a city where it is sought to have two jobs: one only to pay rent and one to survive," said Diana Gochez, a hotel culinary worker.
The hearing came one day after that San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf urged Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson to "hear and work" with the Union to help stop the strike.
"People serving in the city's hotels and restaurants deserve to have a a job that is enough to live on, "Breed and Schaaf said in a letter to Sorenson.
A Marriott spokesman said that the company considered the letter but did not comment on it.
The announcement from the two mayors came two days after Sorenson rejected an invitation to attend Friday's hearing. In his letter to supervisor Hillary Ronen, Sorenson Unite Lord criticized that members were well compensated and accused his leadership of focusing on orchestras a nationwide job document rather than working a contract on the negotiating table.
"We hoped that Unfortunately, the trade union seemed more interested in participating in a long-planned, multi-city, 23-hotel strike against Marriott than they were in engaging in meaningful negotiations," said Sorenson in the letter.
Ronen and supervisor Rafael Mandelman expressed rebel as Sorenson refused to attend the meeting.
"I'm incredibly disappointed and actually offended that you decided not to show up today," said Ronen.
"I'm only struck by the respect for this big international company, "Mandelman said.
Nearly 2500 housewives, kitchen workers, bartenders and bellmen represented by Unite Here Local 2 went to work at Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Marriott Marquis, Marriott Union Square, the Palace Hotel, The St. Regis, W and Westin St. Francis.
Similar strikes, with other Unite Here local unions, have occurred in Oakland, San Jose and several other cities around the country.
In San Francisco, the two sides have made progress on some key issues, including job security and problems surrounding the technology of hotels, according to Unite Lord Local 2 President Anand Singh.
But they are far apart from wages and health care, trade unions have said.
"This is a crisis," said Singh. "This brazen position that this company has taken, an unfair position, has an impact on the entire industry."
Negotiations are expected to resume on 12 November.