Chicago, IL–On September 21, hundreds of hotel members of UNITE HERE Local 1 in Chicago voted overwhelmingly to increase their strike fund contributions an extra $10 a month. The extra contribution will stay in effect until the 2006 contract is settled. "We’ve got to get ready to fight," said Margarita Arellano, a room attendant at the W City Center. "The companies keep piling on the work, and it’s too much. I fought for a new law so we could get paid breaks every day. But the companies are suing to overturn the law. See how mean they are?" Chicago workers joined with their brothers and sisters in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Honolulu, who have all voted to build their strike fund. Visit www.hotelworkersunited.org for more information.