Hotel Workers Plan March in Chicago as Strike Continues

Hotel workers on strike across downtown Chicago this week plan to rally in the city before marching along Michigan Avenue as the strike continues. 

Hundreds of workers were seen gathering outside the Sheraton Hotel Thursday afternoon with plans to later march north on the Michigan Avenue sidewalk to Oak Street. 

Thursday marks one week of Chicago‘s first-ever citywide hotel strike. 

The 26th hotel to be affected by the strike in Chicago was the Cambria Hotel in Streeterville Tuesday. 

Workers continued to march outside popular hotels in downtown Chicago Tuesday. NBC 5‘s Chris Hush has the details.

(Published Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018)

While some hotels say it’s business as usual, some guests say it simply isn’t.

Thousands of hotel workers under UNITE HERE Local 1 continue walked off the job until their union and employers agree on year-round health care for workers who are temporarily laid off during the slow winter months.

“Just because you don’t have a job, you don’t get sick,” hotel worker Javier Delarosa said.

Workers continued to march outside popular hotels in downtown Chicago Tuesday morning, marking the fifth consecutive day of their strike for year-round health care. Susan Carlson reports. 

(Published Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018)

While housekeepers, doormen, bartenders and others march outside— the positions must be filled by managers and other staff at some of the biggest hotels in Chicago.

One hotel guest complained on Twitter of a dirty bathtub and improperly stocked bathroom, along with delayed room service.

Guy Claveloux is in from New York on business and staying at Hilton’s Palmer House in the Loop. He says his job warned him ahead of time.

It‘s the first ever citywide hotel workers strike in the city of Chicago, as workers at 25 different hotels across the city walked out Friday. NBC 5‘s Chris Hush has all the latest details. 

(Published Friday, Sept. 7, 2018)

“There are a couple of things that are different, I come here at least six times a year, they have a little bit of a unique setup to get extra towels or there may not be room service,” he said.

Joe Moorman is also a Palmer House guest.

“Anytime there’s replacement workers, you do worry about service, but at the same time the (International Manufacturing Technology Show) show is in town and I have to be here so, I don’t have a choice,” Moorman said.

Hundreds of workers across Chicago marched outside popular hotels in the city Friday morning striking for year-round health care.


(Published Friday, Sept. 7, 2018)

Three of the largest hotel chains in Chicago reacted to the strike Tuesday. 

Hilton said managers from around the country are filling in— along with union members who are choosing to return to work.

Hyatt’s vice president of labor relations says many colleagues are working and Hyatt continues operations.

More than a dozen hotel chains announced Thursday that it will be providing panic buttons to all employees who deal one-on-one with guests to help protect them from harassment and assault. Marriott is testing out the devices in some of the hotel chain‘s locations around the country. News4‘s Nicole Jacobs reports.

(Published Friday, Sept. 7, 2018)

Marriott International said it has contingency plans in place.

“I hope my customers put their shoes on my feet to see how they feel when they work for a company that doesn’t provide the medical coverage for their family,” hotel worker Samuel Yolo said.

The union did not respond to NBC 5‘s request for comment on how the negotiations were going as of Tuesday evening.

All that is known is the negotiations continue–and so will this strike until both sides come to an agreement.

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