Just before the holiday season, Hilton workers in Chicago walked off the job for a day, and workers in San Francisco and Honolulu marched to protest Hilton’s attempt to lock workers into recession contracts.
In Chicago, hundreds of Palmer House Hilton workers walked off the job for the first time in the history of this historic downtown Chicago hotel. Picketing in the cold Chicago winter with signs that read "Taxpayers Strike Hilton," Hilton workers protested how Hilton is taking unfair advantage of the recession by squeezing workers, even though they finagled a $180 million bailout from the federal government.
Over 650 hotel workers, clergy leaders and members from other unions including the AFT, ILWU, and Teamsters marched in solidarity at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco. Recently, Blackstone, the hotel’s owner, set aside, on average, $3.46 million for each corporate employee, but management has refused to sign a worker proposal for health care to cover all 850 workers’ families for between $2.5 and $3 million a year.
Hilton Hawaiian Village workers leafleted on December 16 at the Ala Moana Center and the Honolulu Airport, to inform visitors about their efforts to settle a fair contract. Hawaiian Village workers in UNITE HERE Local 5 have been without a contract for over five months.
See below for press coverage:
Palmer House workers’ one-day walkout protests long talks (Chicago Sun-Times)
Union Broadens Hilton Protest (Honolulu Star Advertiser)