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Chicago Hotel Workers’ Strike

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  • Strike signs stacked on the street. Photography by Chelsea Emuakhagbon.
  • The strike is backed by Unite Here Local 1, which is is made up of over 15,000 hospitality workers throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Photography by Chelsea Emuakhagbon.
  • Strikers at Palmer House Hilton. Photography by Chelsea Emuakhagbon.
  • 97% of Palmer House Hotel employees participated in the strike. Photography by Chelsea Emuakhagbon.
  • Strikers at Palmer House Hilton can be heard from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Sharp Building. Photography by Chelsea Emuakhagbon.
  • The strike began at 5 a.m. on September 7. At Palmer House Hilton, it lasted more than three weeks. Photography by Chelsea Emuakhagbon.
  • A man smiles while marching outside Palmer House Hilton. Photography by Chelsea Emuakhagbon.
  • This is the first city-wide strike in Chicago's history. Photography by Chelsea Emuakhagbon.
  • Protestors say they will fight for fair benefits "as long as it takes." Photography by Chelsea Emuakhagbon.
  • Workers at Palmer House Hilton ratified contracts with their employer on September 29, ending their strike. Photography by Chelsea Emuakhagbon.

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