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One week into Chicago hotel worker strike, talks continue but no end in sight: 'It's going to be a long fight'

One week into Chicago hotel worker strike, talks continue but no end in sight: 'It's going to be a long fight'

Ionela Petrea, who works as a server in the Hyatt Regency bar, has spent the past week on the picket line and at the negotiating table.

As the strike affecting 26 downtown hotels pushed into its seventh day, Petrea took a drag of a cigarette and made an educated guess on how much longer it would go on.

“It’s going to be a long fight,” she said Thursday as she watched several thousand hotel workers pour into a park for a rally after marching up Michigan Avenue.

The downtown hotel worker strike, which UNITE HERE Local 1 says is the broadest coordinated hotel strike the city has seen, ended its first week with no end in sight as workers miss paychecks and hotels feel the...

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