Bill Henry

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront workers rally at Columbus Park on Labor Day for living wage

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront workers rally at Columbus Park on Labor Day for living wage

Hour by hour and week by week, Chuck and Amy Altvater are watching their health insurance slip away.

Though the couple have signed up to work full time for the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, their work assignments consistently add up to less than the 30-hour mark that would qualify them to receive benefits. Now Amy Altvater is 15 weeks pregnant.

“We both work as banquet servers, and we don’t know what we’ll do,” Chuck Altvater said Monday at a Labor Day picnic at Columbus Park, near the Harbor East hotel. “Amy has worked for Marriott for seven years. One job should be enough to live on.”

He was addressing a sympathetic audience of a few dozen co-workers and city...

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