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Common called out by striking Boston hospitality workers

Common attended a screening of "The Hate U Give" at The Paris Theater this month in New York.Donald Traill/Invision/Associated Press

Common came to Boston, and his stay at the Ritz-Carlton drew criticism from Unite Here Local 26 on Twitter. The union, which represents hospitality workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, tweeted a photo of the hip-hop artist and actor entering the Ritz-Carlton Boston on Tuesday.

Workers at seven Marriott hotels in Boston, including the Ritz-Carlton, are currently on strike after months of contract negotiations with Marriott have failed to yield the worker protections the union seeks.

In the tweet, Unite Here Local 26 tagged Common and called his decision to stay at the Ritz-Carlton during the strike “unacceptable.”


“You don’t cross union picket lines when you preach solidarity,” they wrote. “Please leave the Ritz-Carlton in Boston. Workers are striking for their futures!”

The AFL-CIO, a voluntary federation of 55 different unions, also tweeted at Common on Tuesday and encouraged him to end his stay at the Ritz-Carlton.

“Hey @Common remember when you stood with union members for the MLK 50th commemoration event in Memphis?” they wrote. “Stand with @UNITEHERE26 @Marriottworkers who deserve #1job and check out of the hotel. Find another hotel here: @aFairHotel.”

A representative for Common did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kaya Williams can be reached at kaya.williams@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kaya_Noelle.