Yesterday marked the ninth anniversary of workers picketing Congress Hotel in Chicago. The union workers at the hotel went on strike in 2003.
Since that time, a new contract has not been negotiated between Congress Hotel and the union Unite Here Local One. When the strike first started, around 120 workers began to picket. That number is now down to sixty.
Some of the union workers were forced to cross the picket line in order to keep their jobs. Both sides do not want to budge off of their demands. The hotel doesn't want to pay workers the same wages and provide them with the same benefits in the past. The workers want for that package to continue.
Therefore, this strike remains at a stalemate. After nine years, it is the longest documented strike in US history. Looking at this strike from a historical perspective, Congress Hotel has been the model other corporations and state governments have used over the past couple of years to bust up unions by taking away their collective bargaining rights.
Source: WLS-TV Chicago.