Saturday, June 16, 2007

ABC News Scum Insults Brave Congress Hotel Strikers

After four years, union workers and Congress Hotel are still at odds
By Ben Bradley
ABC 7 Chicago

June 15, 2007 - Four years ago Friday, workers walked off the job at Chicago's Congress Hotel on Michigan Avenue.

On Friday night, dozens of housekeepers, waiters and other workers continued to walk the picket line demanding higher wages and improved benefits. This has become one of the longest running strikes in the nation and despite protestors with picket signs, guests continue to check-in. It is also worth mentioning that the two sides have not talked formally to resolve this matter in six months.

The number of strikers outside the Congress Hotel has ebbed and flowed over the last four years but every year on the anniversary of their walk-out, many of the original 115 strikers return. At least for one day, their numbers and spirits are bolstered by their union.

"This has been a tremendous strain for my family life," said Danny, a striking banquet server. "I have had to change my whole lifestyle completely because I lost my job."


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