Downtown Hotel Workers March #ChicagoHotelStrike
Union contracts with UNITE HERE Local 1 expired on August 31, and now thousands of Chicago hotel housekeepers, servers, cooks and doormen have stopped working and are on strike to demand year-round health care.
“Hotels may slow down in the wintertime, but I still need my diabetes medication when I’m laid off. Nobody should lose their health benefits just because it’s cold out. Full-time jobs should have year-round benefits,” said Q. Rivers, a house attendant at the Palmer House Hilton.
“They work us like dogs when it’s busy and then kick us to the curb in the winter,” said Rivers.
Striking hotel workers deserve sick days to see a doctor, workloads that keep them healthy, and wages that keep up with the cost of raising a family.
Hotel workers are on strike at 25 downtown convention and boutique hotels. Affected hotels include the Hyatt Regency Chicago, JW Marriott, Sheraton Grand, and Hilton Chicago.