Housekeepers, cooks, bellmen, servers, and other employees represented by Unite Here Local 1 struck at 25 sites in Chicago on September 7, including at properties owned by Marriott, InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton, Millennium, and Wyndham. Contracts expired on September 1, and the hospitality industry employees are concerned about issues including wage raises and year-round health care coverage for seasonal workers. Representatives of the hotel chains indicate that the hotels are open for business and continue to negotiate with the union in good faith.
Over Labor Day weekend, 75 hospitality workers were arrested for protesting working conditions at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The workers, who are represented by Unite Here, used the slogan “One Job Should Be Enough”—meaning they want to be paid enough by the hotel so they are not forced to work a second job. A Marriott spokesperson released a statement noting the hotel is negotiating with the union in good faith.