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Workers from 25 hotels strike
in downtown Chicago

WGN-TV (Chicago), by AP and Judy Wang

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Posted By:AltaD, 9/7/2018 2:54:44 PM

Workers are picketing outside several downtown Chicago hotels as housekeepers, servers, cooks and others participate in a strike as part of an effort to get better benefits. The Friday walkout began at 5:00 a.m. at 25 large and boutique hotels. It comes after members of the hotel workers´ union, Unite Here Local 1, voted to authorize a strike amid contract negotiations. Their current contract expired Aug. 31. Six-thousand workers are striking, the largest hotel walkout in Chicago history. The union says better health care coverage is among the demands. Workers say they deserve higher wages, more manageable workloads

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Just one more reason to avoid Chicago.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: seamusm, 9/7/2018 3:18:58 PM     (No. 11750742)

Obamacare isn´t good enough? Fancy that!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: strike3, 9/7/2018 3:24:57 PM     (No. 11750753)

This is just what Chicago needs, more people demanding more money. The only difference is that these aren´t government "workers." The quotes are to emphasize the fact that I have never seen a Chicago city worker actually lift a finger anywhere.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 9/7/2018 3:42:44 PM     (No. 11750773)

Looking into hotel worker wages in Chicago (curiously lacking in this info-lite article)seems like they are only making 12-15 bucks average. Plus bennies, probably. The thing is - it´s not very good money, and as Private employees, who CAN get fired for doing a bad job - I´m sure most work their tushies off. It doesn´t take great skill or education, no - and jobs that require such do pay more. But not everyone is qualified, and a hotel job is real work, all day long. If employees in these and similar lower scale jobs are raising families - (many are - slackers don´t take labor intensive jobs like these) and they are full time and long term, if a strike is the only way to get more, I fully support that. I am no fan of unions, but in rare instances they serve actual workers like they´re supposed to. I don´t know what share of the hotel business pie goes to employee wages. This article never even thinks about it. But I think it would be a great piece of info to have.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: watashiyo, 9/7/2018 3:52:20 PM     (No. 11750784)

Yup, keep striking and demanding until the Hotel runs out of guests who can pay the higher room and tax rates. "Economics 101" challenged Unions probably won´t understand this concept. Besides, why risk losing your life going to Chicago?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sore Eye Assets, 9/7/2018 4:07:17 PM     (No. 11750801)

Call ICE! Deport them all, every last one of them!

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