April 1, 2016
Workers protest outside Lone Star’s Hotel Burnham & Atwood Restaurant.

Housekeeping workers at Lone Star Funds’ Hotel Burnham Chicago on March 31 voted overwhelmingly to join UNITE HERE Local 1. Lone Star Funds has owned the Burnham since February 2014.[1]

The vote comes after over a year of picket lines, rallies and other actions, and despite vigorous management intimidation that led the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board to file complaints against the hotel in April 2015 and January 2016.[2]

“Lone Star Funds should settle a contract now,” said Silverio Arenas, a houseman at the Burnham. “I’ve worked at this hotel for 15 years, and I shouldn’t have to wait any longer for the same benefits provided to other Chicago hotel workers.”

Crain’s Chicago Business wrote that the union “said it aims to negotiate the same wages, health insurance, job protections and other benefits” provided to workers at other Chicago hotels.The Hotel Burnham & Atwood Restaurant continues to face prosecution by the NLRB General Counsel for firing server Evan Demma two weeks after he participated in a union protest.

On October 9, 2015, Crain’s Chicago Business covered a protest in which Burnham housekeepers spoke out about the pain they experience on the job, supported by other Chicagoland hospitality workers.[3]




[1] http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20140226/CRED03/140229847/hotel-burnham-office-buildings-fetch-101-million-in-big-distressed

[2] 150430 NLRB complaint and 160125 NLRB complaint

[3] http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20160307/CRED03/303079998/union-organizers-turn-up-heat-on-hotel-burnham?template=mobile

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