As more hotel employees are solicited by unions, it is more important now than ever to make a genuine commitment to workplace safety. Creating a safe atmosphere by ensuring that your employees are properly trained and have everything they need to perform their jobs safely and successfully speaks volumes to employees. Confident and happy employees often times leads to loyal employees. Progress Illinois, outlines the growing trend to unionize.
Housekeepers at the Hotel Burnham in Chicago say their strenuous workloads are taking a toll on their bodies, and they are speaking out about the workplace pain they experience.
The housekeepers plan to rally Friday afternoon outside the hotel, 1 W. Washington St., to call attention to the issue. They will be joined by other Chicago hospitality workers and UNITE HERE Local 1 representatives.
“When I get home from work, my body hurts so much that I can’t play with my son.” said Karina Tufino, a Hotel Burnham housekeeper of 10 years. “Why should I have to choose between doing my job well and being a good mother?”
Hotel Burnham is one of four Chicago hotels operated by the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group Inc. Workers at two Kimpton Chicago hotels, the Hotel Palomar and Hotel Allegro, are represented by UNITE HERE Local 1.
Since November 2014, Hotel Burnham and Hotel Monaco workers have been publicly organizing to form a union, according to UNITE HERE.
Hotel Monaco housekeepers, who have also raised concerns about the pain associated with their work, staged a similar protest in August.