BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Former hotel employees, fired by Marriott Hotels in the midst of the pandemic, rallied outside the Copley Marriott in the Back Bay Friday in an effort to get their jobs back.
They have been out of work for eight months, furloughed by the hotel chain in March. In September, they were told they can no longer return to work.
Darlene Lombos of the Greater Boston Labor Council said they support the workers, even though they're not union members.
"Marriott hotels just last year made $1.27 billion, and had another $25 billion in assets," Lombos told striking workers. "Marriott clearly has a little more cushion to ride out this pandemic than the hundreds of workers who they just laid off."
The fired Marriott workers said they have told they can reapply for their jobs, but they will lose decades of service they've put in at the hotel.
WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin reports:
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