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Boston hotel workers authorize strike, if needed

Some companies haven’t signed citywide contract; union says job security is top issue

Hotel workers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to authorize a strike at some of Boston’s biggest and most prestigious hotels if the companies don’t agree to a new citywide contract.

Fifteen of the city’s 24 unionized hotels have already signed the new five-year contract, which raises wages and benefits by 4 percent a year and strengthens protections for workers if a hotel is sold or goes into bankruptcy.

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