Treasure Island workers call for justice and file class-action lawsuit after sudden layoffs

The 700 or so Treasure Island workers who were laid off September 29 received no advance notice that their employment would be terminated. They also lost their health insurance and paid vacation time they had not taken. Now, with the support of Arise Chicago, they are demanding compensation equal to 60 days of work and extended healthcare.

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To Chicago hotel workers on strike, year-round health insurance is essential

As business slows at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel every winter, Chiquitta Rivers, 26, a house attendant, is laid off and loses her health insurance. Rivers lives with diabetes and being uninsured makes obtaining medicine difficult. “When I get laid off, I don’t have health insurance and I can’t take my insulin,” she said. “I can’t see my endocrinologist. It is really hard for me to [pay] out of pocket for my medicine, especially if I’m not working.” On Sept. 7, she went on strike with hotel workers across Chicago, demanding year-round health insurance, healthier work conditions and increased wages.

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