For immediate release
September 4, 2009
Labor Day Action: Hundreds of Leaders Call Upon the Congress Hotel to End the Strike
Labor Day Action: Hundreds of Leaders Call Upon the Congress Hotel to
End the Strike
UNITE HERE cites letter signed by prominent officials including Governor Quinn: "The Hotel’s notoriety threatens our City’s good name around the globe."
WHAT: Labor Day Community delegation to deliver an open letter to the management of the Congress Hotel calling for an end to the 6-year strike.
WHO: Alderman Toni Preckwinkle; Alderman Toni Foulkes; Rev. Dr. Rita Root, Chicago Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ; Rev. Dr. Calvin Morris, Community Renewal Society; Rev. Larry Dowling, St. Agatha Catholic Church; and workers fighting for a fair contract at other Chicago hotels
WHERE: In front of Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Avenue
WHEN: Monday, September 7, 2009, 10:30 am (Labor Day)
WHY: As 6,500 Chicago hotel workers seek a new contract, the workers at the Congress Hotel continue their epic 6-year strike. The Congress is still offering housekeepers the 2002 wages of $8.83/hour, while other Chicago hotels pay $14.60. Now nearly 200 dignitaries, including Governor Quinn, Treasurer Giannoulias and numerous other elected officials, are calling on the Congress Hotel to settle this strike.
UNITE HERE Local 1, Chicago`s hospitality workers union, represents over 15,000 hotel and food service workers in Chicago and casino workers in Northwest Indiana.