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Hotel Workers at W Boston Join Local 26

May 19, 2011

Employees of the W Boston and the Back Bay Hotel have overwhelmingly voted to unionize, bringing the number of organized workers at Boston hotels to about 4,000, roughly 60 percent of all full-service hotel workers.

Around 200 housekeepers, bellhops, restaurant staff, valets, and maintenance workers at the two hotels are now members of UNITE HERE Local 26, the Boston division of the national hospitality workers union. Union officials said membership gives the workers a pension plan, low-cost health insurance, and a limit on the number of rooms they have to clean every day.

"It equalizes the playing field for hotels, and it gives workers the ability to question management without fear of retribution," said Brian Lang, president of Local 26.

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