Thousands of Chicago hotel workers initiated a strike at 25 properties on Sept. 7 in a coordinated effort targeting several employers.
The strike involves properties owned by
Strikers include housekeepers, cooks, bellmen, servers, and “basically every major hospitality function,” UNITE HERE Local 1 spokesman Elliott Mallen said.
Raises and year-round health-care coverage for workers who are laid off in slow seasons are the main sticking points in labor contract negotiations, Mallen said.
Paul Ades, a vice president for labor relations at Hilton, whose Chicago properties include the Drake Hotel, said the ...