Former employees boycott Marriott Copley

Kiki Patino had worked at the Marriott Copley for more than 16 years before she was fired without warning in September.

“The main thing that I got was anxiety,” she said during a recent phone call with the Banner. “At that moment, I was the main supporter for my whole family.”

Patino was one of more than 230 workers at the Marriott Copley whose employment was terminated last fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s now joined her former coworkers and partnered with Unite Here Local 26 to call for a boycott and demand that the Marriott reinstate its former employees.

The hotel is one of the few in the city that has not recalled workers. Patino and her fellow employees also were shocked to discover that their severance pay was cut by half or more when their positions were terminated.

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