75 hotel workers arrested for blocking San Francisco street
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say 75 hotel workers protesting outside the J. W. Marriott’s Westin St. Francis hotel were arrested for blocking a street in one of the city’s busiest tourist areas.
UNITE HERE Local 2 spokesman Ted Waechter says about 900 Marriott hotel workers demonstrated Monday at Union Square to call for a vote to authorize a strike.
He says 8,000 workers in more than 50 hotels in San Francisco and six other North American cities are working without a contract.
Waechter says many hotel workers hold to jobs to support their families and that their salaries have increased by 7 percent in a decade.
San Francisco Police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan says those arrested face misdemeanor charges of failing to obey a police officer.
Marriott did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.