Hotel Strike Marks 7 Months, But Issues Whittled To 1, Employee Says

Steve Miller
April 10, 2019 - 8:30 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Striking employees of the Cambria Hotel in Streeterville on Wednesday got some support from workers at other Chicago hotels that settled long ago.

Usually, it's a hearty band of Cambria Hotel workers marching and chanting on Superior Street.

But their volume increased with employees from other hotels who have long long since gone back at work after their own strikes. 

The Cambria strike is now seven months old.

Striking worker Javier de la Rosa says the remaining sticking point is the hotel's insistence that the housekeeping staff -- all women -- clean 15 rooms instead of 13.

"And we're really, really concerned about that," he said.

WBBM: So it all comes down to 25 women, basically.

"Yes, exactly."

At this most recent strike rally, workers handed out fliers printed on pink paper that read: "Cambria Hotel: Stop Attacking Women!!"

The union says about three dozen workers in all are still on strike. A negotiating session is set for Thursday, the first since Jan. 21.

WBBM has asked the hotel for comment.