Downtown Chicago hotel workers spend 5th day on strike

Hotel workers picket in front of the Palmer House hotel in the Chicago Loop on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Workers are picketing outside several downtown Chicago hotels as housekeepers, servers, cooks and others participate in a strike as part of an effort to get better benefits. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Striking Chicago hotel workers spent a fifth day on picket lines as the walkout grew to 26 downtown hotels.

Some visitors say hotels have scrambled to clean rooms and check in guests. The strike has targeted large chains including Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott. The Chicago Tribune reports employees at the Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile joined the strike Tuesday.

A main demand of the hotel workers’ union, Unite Here Local 1, is for year-round health insurance for employees laid off during slower months.

Visitor Kristian Hulgard of Dallas said it took eight hours to check into Palmer House Hilton. He said at $300 a night you’d expect things to go smoothly, but that the inconvenience wasn’t “a big deal.”

Hilton says it’s negotiating in good faith for a new contract.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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