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Workers Still on Strike at 17 Chicago Hotels

Some big Hyatt properties remain in the strike crosshairs.

Workers at two Kimpton hotels in Chicago—Hotel Palomar and Hotel Allegro—ratified a contract over the weekend, leaving 17 downtown properties where workers are still on strike, says the Chicago Sun-Times:

The strike, now in its third week, at its peak involved 26 hotels where thousands of housekeepers, doormen, cooks and other hotel employees stopped working to demand year-round health insurance and other improvements to working conditions. Unite Here Local 1, the union representing the striking workers, tweeted Saturday that employees of the Palomar and Allegro, both Kimpton brand hotels, had ratified a contract. It offered no details about the contract terms.

A list of hotels where the strike continues is at chicagohotelstrike.org.

“We’re pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with the union at both Hotel Allegro and Hotel Palomar,” Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants said in a statement. “Our employees and guests remain our first priority and we will continue to provide the heartfelt service and care Kimpton is known for.”

Hyatt Hotels, whose affected hotels include the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Hyatt Regency McCormick, is among the large hotel groups where contract agreements have yet to be reached. It completed a negotiation session with the union Friday and has another scheduled for Tuesday ... Chicago Sun-Times

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