Welcome to the workers at two of Chicago’s top-rated hotels, who have become members of UNITE HERE Local 1! At the Waldorf-Astoria and the Palomar Hotel, nearly 300 workers have joined our Union, adding to our growing strength at Local 1.
At the Waldorf-Astoria, the victory caps a three month organizing effort in which over 80% of the workers signed Union Cards to become members due to the leadership of a strong committee representing every department.
After months of organizing, Palomar Hotel workers went public in March 2012. Over 75% of the workers signed Union Cards in five days! Workers stood strong in the face of an aggressive anti-union campaign by the company, in which the company refused to honor the card check neutrality agreement: workers were pulled into one-on-one meetings with general managers and were given enormous wage increases; workers reported intimidation and restaurant workers were told the hotel restaurant would close. Over six months, workers stuck together and fought hard: they wore t-shirts, published their pictures, and delegated management multiple times to win recognition. After months of hard work, Palomar Hotel workers won card check recognition.