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Congress Hotel strike over after 10 years

Workers at the Congress  Plaza Hotel in the Loop have agreed to end their 10 year strike.The strike has gotten plenty of attention from Democratic leaders and civil rights leaders alike over the years.  On July 16, 2007,  then U.S.  Senator Barack Obama walked the picket line with hospitality workers from the hotel.  They had been on strike for three years already.

But now it’s abruptly over.

The union, UNITE Here Local 1, notified the attorney and chief negotiator for the Congress Hotel at midnight today with  letter with an offer to unconditionally return to work and back to the 2002 contract

No concessions have been made to prompt this decision.  There haven’t been talks in nearly a year and union members got nothing.

The Congress Hotel’s attorney is as surprised as everyone else and is proceeding cautiously.

UNITE Here says the strike has reduced the hotel’s business which the hotel denies and that there’s nothing more to do there. It released this statement saying in part:  “The decision to end the Congress strike as a hard one, but it is the right time for the union and the strikers to move on.  We have many more battles to fight for economic justice.”


9 Comments to “Congress Hotel strike over after 10 years”

    Dan said:
    May 30, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    wow! Great reporting here… any background about WHY they started striking in the first place? WHO they were (cooks, housekeepers, bellhops?). WHAT they were striking to get? What prompted the call to end? Sheeesh, this is some lazy reporting here.

    Jordan said:
    May 30, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    10 years? Do they even remember how to work there anymore?

    Chris said:
    May 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    This reminds me of a Seinfeld episode when Kramer gets his job back at the Bagel Shop! Holy cow.

    Wisconsinite said:
    May 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    The union leaders really did a great job here . Got them a ten year sabbatical and got their original 2002 wages back. Good for them !

    Josh said:
    May 30, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    The union caved in like a house of cards and got nothing, for their dues paying members.

    Devlin said:
    June 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    10 years of striking everyday by dozens of deadbeat union workers. Thousands of hours of unproductive and wasted time spent for nothing; leave it to the unions. My hat is off to the Congress Hotel for not caving to these losers.

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