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(Press) Chicago hotels would have to give workers ‘panic buttons’ under plan aldermen advance

via Chicago Tribune: Chicago hotels would be required to provide portable “panic buttons” to workers like housecleaners who venture alone into guests’ rooms, under a plan aldermen advanced Monday. Hotels also would need to post sexual harassment policies and promise workers would not face retribution ... Read more »

(Press) Union Publicizes Sexual Harassment In Chicago’s Hospitality Industry

via NPR: A survey of hundreds of women working in hotels and casinos indicates widespread instances of assault by male guests. A union is pushing for legislation targeting sexual harassment on the job. (Audio Story) Read more »

(Press) Chicago-Area Sexual Harassment Survey Reveals Disturbing Numbers

via CBS Chicago:  The survey found that the industries with the highest levels of harassment are hospitality and food service. “A national survey says 1 in 3 women are sexually harassed at work. Who here thinks that’s kind of low? We wanted to know about women’s experiences working in Chicago’s ... Read more »

(Press) Unite Here blasts McPier over McCormick Square name

via Crain’s Chicago Business:  Union workers at McCormick Place aren’t too happy with the new name that the agency that runs the convention center campus is trying to give its neighborhood. That was the message delivered today by Unite Here Local 1 President Karen Kent at an annual convention ... Read more »

Hotel Burnham Housekeeping Department Wins Union

Contact: Jordan Fein (312) 576-5048 Chicago – Workers in the Hotel Burnham’s housekeeping department yesterday voted overwhelmingly to join UNITE HERE Local 1. The vote comes after over a year of picket lines, rallies and other actions, and despite vigorous management intimidation ... Read more »

Protest and Public Art: Women in Hospitality Petition CBS to Air Anti-Sexual Harassment Ad

Sarah Lyons 312-385-0603 Waitresses, housekeepers and cocktail servers among group to demonstrate in Daley Plaza after CBS Chicago’s refusal to air the #ComeForward TV ad CHICAGO — Today, dozens of waitresses, housekeepers and cocktail servers lined the perimeter of Daley Plaza: ... Read more »

UNITE HERE Local 1 releases TV ad denouncing State Rep. Moylan’s response to waitress reporting sexual harassment at Rivers Casino

Contact: Sarah Lyons, 312-385-0603, CHICAGO — Today UNITE HERE Local 1 is releasing a television ad challenging the behavior that keeps young women from reporting sexual harassment. Featuring Karen Kent, President of UNITE HERE Local 1, the ad calls out the behavior of Illinois ... Read more »
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