Just days before the holidays, hotel workers at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago have walked off the job, launching a day long strike to protest Hilton’s efforts to lock workers into the recession. Holding signs that read "Taxpayers on Strike," workers say that Hilton is taking unfair advantage of the recession by squeezing workers even though they wheedled a $180 million bailout from the federal government. Other actions were held at the world’s largest Hiltons in Honolulu and San Francisco.
Citywide union hotel contracts expired more than 15 months ago. Two months ago, Hilton Chicago workers carried out a 3-day strike.