On July 29, union workers from the Chicago-area Hyatt hotels authorized a strike, by a 92 percent majority. The vote comes from members of Unite Here Local 1 and does not necessarily mean a strike will happen, but allows the committee to call a strike if deemed necessary. Citywide contract negotiations have been ongoing since August 2009 and are affecting more than 6,500 workers in downtown Chicago. In May, workers walked off the job at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. In July, Hyatt workers took part in a 15-city demonstration, also at the Hyatt Regency, to protest job cuts, wage cuts and excessive injury rates, according to Unite Here Local 1.