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Congress strikers back ordinance

The six-year-old Congress Hotel strike is now the longest current strike in the U.S. and the longest-running hotel strike in U.S. labor history, the Chicago Tribune notes. 

On Monday morning, Congress strikers and their union, UNITE-HERE Local 1, hold a press conference prior to the City Council Finance Committee hearing.  They’re supporting a “right to know” ordinance that would require hotels to inform customers making reservations when a prolonged strike is under way.

The ordinance is intended to protect visitors to Chicago who may face inferior service at hotels in the midst of labor conflicts, as well as “Chicago’s reputation as a global convention and tourism destination,” said Annemarie Strassel of Local 1.  The union has collected reports of poor service at the Congress.

A similar ordinance was narrowly defeated in 2005, but now 42 of 50 aldermen are signed on as cosponsors — including 13 aldermen who voted against it four years ago.

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