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Hotel Strike Now in 3rd Week as Marriott, Other Owners Reach Pacts

Striking workers at six downtown Marriott hotel properties are back on the job, after Marriott International reached an agreement with the Unite Here labor union. Separately, the union has reached agreements with Choice Hotels on the Hotel Blake, and with the ownership of Hotel Allegro and Hotel Palomar. However, as of Sunday afternoon, workers at 17 other Chicago hotels remained on strike.

Now in its third week, the strike is the first citywide job action Chicago’s unionized hotels have seen in decades. Chicago has many more nonunion hotels, and the strike affects less than 20% of the 174 CBD properties identified by STR.

However, the strike—which Unite Here called over hotel workers’ health benefits—affects some of the city’s highest-profile lodging properties. Along with the nine properties that have now ratified contracts, other hotels affected by the job action include the Hyatt Regency and Palmer House Hilton (pictured).

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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