Pols back hotel workers during Labor Day action

Labor groups and elected officials gathered Monday at a Labor Day rally outside the Marriott Copley Hotel to protest actions taken against its staff.

The event, organized by the Greater Boston Labor Council, featured state and federal elected officials including Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren as well as Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. Each of the five mayoral candidates who are gearing up for the preliminary municipal elections Sept. 14 took a few moments to pitch their campaigns to the assembled crowd.

Speakers at the event focused on the workers at the Marriott Copley Hotel, more than 230 of whom were fired last September in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers found that their severance pay was cut by half or more, and without a recall, the employees who previously worked for the hotel are left to reapply for their old jobs without the seniority they had accrued. They now


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