For Immediate Release
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WHAT: Strikers at the Congress Hotel, joined by hundreds of community supporters and members of UNITE HERE Local 1, are rallying outside of the Congress Hotel to commemorate the 9th Anniversary of the Congress Hotel Strike, the longest hotel strike in American history.
WHO: Congress Hotel Strikers and hundreds of community supporters
WHERE: In front of the Congress Hotel (Congress & Michigan)
WHEN: Friday, June 15 at 4-6PM
>WHY: On June 15, 2003, members of UNITE HERE Local 1 working at the Congress Hotel went out on strike after the hotel decided to freeze wages, refused to pay healthcare premiums for its employees (effectively eliminating employee healthcare benefits), and demanded the ability to subcontract out all bargaining unit work at the hotel.
This year’s anniversary is the first since the rise of the Occupy movement and protesting by working people in Wisconsin.