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San Francisco Marriott hotel workers approve new contract

December 4, 2018

FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, hotel workers strike in front of a Marriott hotel in San Francisco. Marriott hotel workers in San Francisco voted to approve a new contract, bringing an end to a two-month strike. Unite Here Local 2, which represents the workers, says they approved the contract with 99.6 percent in favor in a Monday, Dec. 3, vote. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marriott hotel workers in San Francisco voted to approve a new contract, bringing an end to a two-month strike.

Unite Here Local 2, which represents the workers, said they approved the contract with 99.6 percent in favor in a Monday vote.

More than 2,000 hotel workers walked off their jobs across seven San Francisco Marriott hotels on Oct. 4, demanding higher wages and increased job security. They will return to work on Wednesday, the union said.

Last week, workers from hotels in Maui and Waikiki agreed to a new labor agreement and they are back at work at hotels such as the noticeably pink-hued The Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu. Earlier in November, Boston hotel workers ended a 45-day strike after ratifying a new contract.

San Francisco is the last of eight U.S. cities Marriott hotel workers went on strike to reach an agreement.

No details of the tentative agreement were immediately disclosed.

The strike in San Francisco disrupted conferences and vacations, and the loud chanting was unavoidable in the city’s tourist heavy downtown sector.

Marriott has 5,000 hotels in the U.S. and Canada. About 40 of them were impacted by the labor union negotiations.

The workers in general sought better compensation and increased job security in an era of growing automation and eco-friendly customers who don’t want towels replaced every day.

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