October 18, 2010
Hundreds of Hilton Chicago Hotel workers are staging a three-day strike that union officials say is in protest of the hotel chain’s efforts to “lock workers into cheap recession contracts,” according to Yahoo News.
Unite Here Local 1 spokeswoman Annemarie Strassel told The Associated Press workers began striking in Chicago early Saturday, Oct. 16 and weren’t expected to return to their jobs until early Tuesday, Oct. 19. The union represents about 600 workers at the Hilton Chicago downtown.
Strassel said the employees have joined striking workers in San Francisco, who went out Wednesday, and in Honolulu, who went out Thursday. The Chicago workers include housekeepers, dishwashers, cooks, bell staff and food servers.
“Hilton wants to lock workers into cheap recession contracts even as the hotels rebound,” she said early Sunday in a phone interview. “Workers simply want a share in the recovery.”
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