March 22, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) General Counsel filed a complaint against the hotel on January 25, 2016,[1] beginning prosecution of the Hotel Burnham & Atwood Restaurant for firing server Evan Demma two weeks after he participated in a union protest.[2]

Earlier this month Crain’s Chicago Business wrote that:

Demma, a former server at the Burnham’s Atwood Restaurant and one of the most vocal pro-union employees at the hotel, was fired last October, about two weeks after participating in a protest here. He said he supports union representation because he believes it will result in better health care benefits and a fair grievance process to address terminations, disciplines and other potential disputes employees may have with their employer.

A hearing to address Demma’s firing is scheduled for May 18.[3] According to Crain’s, representatives of Lone Star Funds did not respond to requests for comment.[4]

On October 9, 2015, Crain’s also covered a protest in which Burnham housekeepers spoke out about the pain they experience on the job, supported by other Chicagoland hospitality workers.[5]

 

 

[1] NLRB complaint

[2] http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20160307/CRED03/303079998/union-organizers-turn-up-heat-on-hotel-burnham

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

[4] http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20160307/CRED03/303079998/union-organizers-turn-up-heat-on-hotel-burnham

[5] http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20151009/EMPLOYMENT/151009811/hospitality-worker-protests-continue-at-hotel-burnham

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