Lone Star Funds’ Hotel Burnham Chicago to face prosecution by the NLRB General Counsel
March 22, 2016
The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) General Counsel filed a complaint against the hotel on January 25, 2016, beginning prosecution of the Hotel Burnham & Atwood Restaurant for firing server Evan Demma two weeks after he participated in a union protest.
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. According to Crain’s, representatives of Lone Star Funds did not respond to requests for comment.
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.