Today, UNITE HERE Local 1 members working at four area Hyatts—the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Park Hyatt, Hyatt McCormick Place, and Hyatt O’Hare—voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, with 92% voting in favor of striking. The vote represents a major escalation of a citywide labor dispute among Chicago’s downtown hotels and with Hyatt in particular, which has become the target of labor demonstrations across North America in recent weeks. The vote authorizes the rank-and-file bargaining committee to call a strike, if necessary.
More than 150 hotel workers and labor union supporters have been arrested in San Francisco after gathering outside a hotel as part of a nationwide protest seeking better wages and working conditions, the Associated Press reports.
Liberty Line vessels on the Great Lakes have names like American Courage, Fortitude, and Integrity. The names also define 80 members of United Steelworkers Great Lakes Seamen Local 5000 who continue their 10-month picket in a lockout/strike with the Liberty Division of the American Steamship Line, Workday Minnesota reports.
Phoenix officials are asking bus riders to consider carpooling, taking a taxi or telecommuting if bus drivers, mechanics, fuelers and cleaners go on strike on Monday.
Bus riders are also being asked to be prepared for transit-services reductions from budget cuts, which also take effect Monday.
Hotel workers striking against Chicago’s Hyatt Regency won’t be surprised if they’re handcuffed Thursday evening. In fact, they expect it.
Thousands of hotel workers are gathering in 15 cities to protest the expired labor contracts that have gone neglected for nearly a year. Here in Chicago, workers plan to sit in the middle of the street in an act of “civil disobedience”.
Juan Gardiner has had to ask his family for help paying the bills since he went on strike with other Motts workers in late May. But Gardiner says he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Twelve striking Mississippi steelworkers and over 100 supporters held a spirited rally at the corporate headquarters of Omnova Solutions in Fairlawn, Ohio, demanding the company return to the bargaining table and negotiate a new contract.