FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Sarah Lyons, [email protected], 312-385-0603
More Chicago hotels join Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott properties in settling with hotel workers before contract expiration
Six additional hotels avoid labor disruptions, workers’ wages rise to $25 per hour
Chicago – Today, hotel workers at the Fairmont Chicago, Ritz-Carlton Chicago, Voco/Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown, Royal Sonesta Chicago River North, and the Allegro Royal Sonesta approved a new contract ahead of the August 31st deadline. This comes on the heels of last week’s historic settlement between hotel workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 1 and Hilton, Marriott, and Hyatt.
Like the contract approved for Chicago’s three biggest hotel chains, the contract ratified today requires that hotels clean guest rooms every day, provides a $25 per hour minimum for non-tipped workers, preserves workers’ excellent healthcare coverage, and strengthens their pension.
“It feels good to be treated equally to the workers of Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt. We all work hard and deserve to be able to catch up. With this raise, I’m looking forward to being able to buy a new washer and dryer for my home,” said Nakita Jones, a cook at the Fairmont Chicago and resident of Grand Crossing.
“My daughter is a college sophomore and is studying aerospace engineering. Even with her scholarship, it is expensive. The raise will mean I can put more toward her tuition and the textbooks she needs,” said Elizabeth Moreno who works as a room attendant at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza and lives in Hermosa.