As election day nears, members of UNITE HERE Local 1 were asked about what they thought of President Barack Obama and the job he has done thus far. A recurrent theme of seeing the President as a source of inspiration ran through many of their responses and was the catalyst for a new video released by the union this week.
Editor’s Note: The plight of immigrant women in this country has been on my mind lately as I put the finishing touches on my news story for New America Media. A few months ago, I was selected for a fellowship that requires the publication of a news story about an immigrant woman. I was intrigued by these stats: the No. 1 source of employment for immigrant women in this country is housekeeping. No. 2 — which I am focused on in my fellowship story — is caregivers for the elderly. Stay tuned!
Labor unrest at Hyatt Hotels Corp. escalated Monday as Unite Here called for a global boycott of the Chicago-based hotel chain and the company took out a full-page Washington Post ad blasting the union campaign and defending its workplace practices.
One Day Longer. That’s what they say on the picket line when you ask when a strike will end. The dedication to the cause continues on until a just contract can finally settle a dispute between employer and workers. For nine years now, workers from Congress Hotel in Chicago have walked the picket line in a struggle for fair wages, benefits, and working conditions.
Nine years ago on Father’s Day, 130 members of Unite Here Local 1 struck the Congress Hotel in downtown Chicago after the owner—centi-millionaire, (sometimes) Swiss-based global businessman Albert Nasser—refused to give workers the same contract that other unionized Loop hotels had signed. After a few arguments with police (and some arrests) ended in confirmation of their rights to picket, the strike and picketline were well established—far moreso than anyone anticipated.
On Friday, outside the front doors of the Congress Plaza Hotel, a group of striking hotel workers were joined by hundreds of supporters marching in a noisy picket line to mark the ninth anniversary of the nation’s longest-running strike.
Hundreds of supporters gathered at the Congress Hotel Friday to support the 60 workers from UNITE HERE! Local 1 who have been on the picket line in front of the hotel for nine years. For about two hours, a diverse group of demonstrators gathered together to show support for the hotel workers strike, which according to organizers, is the longest in American history. The group was joined by local union musicians who provided a celebratory soundtrack for much of the demonstration, and later by hip hop artist Young General, who performed his song “No Justice, No Peace,” written about the striking workers, on a small stage sandwiched between several large “Scabby the Rat” inflatables.