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Published on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Nationwide Marriott strike ends as San Francisco workers agree labor deal

Some good news for beleaguered Marriott International.

The nationwide labor strike which has affected hotels in several cities is now over.

Workers in the last holdout city San Francisco have voted overwhelmingly to accept a new deal after more than two months on the picket line.

It was the longest hotel strike in San Francisco for decades.

That will see about 2,500 hospitality workers return to work on Wednesday.

Unite Here union spokesperson Rachel Gumpert said union members have secured significant wage increases and will continue to receive existing health benefits - one of the major issues holding back the agreement of a new labor contract.

As part of the deal housekeeping workers will be armed with 'panic button' devices to seek help in case of sexual assault or harassment.

"We look forward to welcoming our associates back," Marriott said in a statement.

More than 7,000 Marriott hotel workers in seven other cities had been on strike in recent weeks with all now having agreed new contracts.

These were in San Diego, Oakland, San Jose, Detroit, Boston and in Hawaii.

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