Workers at 25 Chicago Hotels Go On Strike

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Workers at 25 Chicago hotels went on strike on September 7, 2018, including the Palmer House Hilton and the Hyatt Regency. UNITE HERE Local 1 represents more than 15,000 hospitality workers across the Chicago area. (Jose Osorio/Chicago Tribune)

Reprinted from The Chicago Tribune by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz on September 7, 2018.

Workers at 25 hotels in downtown Chicago went on strike Friday to demand year-round health care as they negotiate new contracts, marking the first time their union has called a citywide hotel strike.

UNITE HERE Local 1, which represents more than 15,000 hospitality workers across the Chicago area, said “thousands” of housekeepers, doormen, cooks and other hotel employees have stopped working. They will be picketing around-the-clock at all 25 hotels until an agreement is reached, said spokeswoman Sarah Lyons. …

Collective bargaining agreements at 30 hotels expired August 31, and the union began threatening a strike weeks beforehand. There are 6,000 employees covered by the expired contracts, Lyons said. …

Chicago Tribune 9/7

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