Chicago hotel workers protest all over downtown
Thousands of hotel workers came together and protested for better health care benefits. Workers in about 25 downtown Chicago hotels are participating.
They are calling this the work stoppage movement, where hotel workers want increased year-round health care benefits. Protesters say the problem here is that their contracts expired a week ago and conversations about year-round health coverage have been stalled.
Marriott is one hotel that responded saying they were disappointed to learn Unite Here Local 1, who put the strike together, resorted to a protest. Marriott confirms business will continue as usual, but protesters say it is time for a change.
Union members decided to put this strike together mid-August with 97 percent agreeing this was necessary.
This protest comes at a very busy time for Chicago since the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is less than a month away.