Marriott hotel workers end strike after contract demands met

19 hotels are still on strike and at the bargaining table

Marriott has ratified a contract with workers at several of its Chicago hotels who have been on strike since early September. Initially, employees at 26 downtown hotels represented by the UNITE HERE Local 1 Union went on strike to demand health insurance for seasonal workers who are laid off in winter.

According to officials, workers now have a contract that ensures year-round health insurance and won’t have to worry about losing coverage, even if they are laid off when business is slow.

The hotels that have come to an agreement and are no longer on strike include Sheraton, W City Center, W Lakeshore, Westin Michigan Avenue, Westin River North, JW Marriott, and Hotel Blake. All are owned by Marriott International except for Hotel Blake which is a Choice Hotel brand.

There are still 19 hotels in the downtown area that are experiencing a strike. If you want to find out more about why workers went out strike, take a look at our explainer. Three parent companies own the bulk of the hotels involved in the strike. Now that Marriott has reached an agreement, that still leaves Hilton Hotels and Resorts and Hyatt Hotels at the bargaining table with the union.

“This agreement is a significant step forward for the union, the hotels and the city and I am confident it can light a path forward to ending the labor action at other hotels in the city.” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “The fact that workers and their families will now receive health-care year round will make an enormous difference in their lives, and we look forward to Marriott workers getting back to taking care of visitors to the City of Chicago.”

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