by Michael J. Shapiro | October 01, 2018
Contracts were ratified at five Chicago hotels this weekend by workers on strike at four Hilton properties and the Inn of Chicago. Negotiations have been progressing at many other properties involved in Chicago's citywide hotel action following the ratification of contracts by the employees of seven Marriott-branded hotels on Sept. 20. Of the 26 hotels involved in the three-week-old strike, so far 16 have signed new agreements to end the standoff.
Among the 10 hotels still affected by the strike are the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and the largest hotel in the Midwest, the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Striking workers at those properties will stage a rally and press conference this afternoon outside the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Employees who recently ended their strikes with Hilton and Marriott will join the rally in solidarity. More than 1,000 Hyatt workers remain without a contract.
 
A key point in all of the newly ratified contracts allows workers to keep their health-care benefits if they are laid off in the winter.
 
In addition to the two Hyatt properties named, workers are still on strike at the Ambassador Chicago, Cambria Magnificent Mile, Crowne Plaza Hotel Chicago-Metro, Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites Magnificent Mile, Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, Kinzie Hotel, Warwick Allerton and Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront. Workers at four additional properties are without a contract and could still join the strike: the Fairmont Chicago, Hotel Raffaello, Park Hyatt Chicago and Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile.
 
An updated list of affected hotels can be found here.