Chicago Hotel Workers at Hyatt, Holiday Inn Ratify Contract

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Unionized workers at the Chicago Hyatt and the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza have ratified a new contract, joining fellow Unite Here Local 1 union members from Marriott and Hilton in ending the strike that affected 26 hotels across the Windy City. Twenty-two out of those 26 properties have now settled contract disputes, covering more than 5,500 hospitality employees.

The Hyatt settlement is particularly noteworthy to convention planners: The Hyatt Regency Chicago and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place have nearly 3,300 rooms between them. The McCormick Place property is connected to the convention center, and the Hyatt Regency Chicago is the largest hotel in the city.

"After four weeks on strike, I'm proud to have a contract that guarantees health care in the wintertime," said Demetrius Jackson, who works in convention services at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. "The workers of the hotels still on strike deserve the same."

The strike continues at just four Chicago hotels: the Cambria Magnificent Mile, the Crowne Plaza Chicago-Metro, the Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites Magnificent Mile and the Kinzie Hotel. That said, workers are still without contracts at the Fairmont Chicago, the Hotel Raffaello and the Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile; they could potentially strike as well.

An updated list of affected properties can be found here.