Unions, Hotel Workers Discuss Sex Harassment: ‘A Lot of Ladies Go Through This’

Members and leaders of the union that represents hotel and hospitality workers gathered Monday evening to discuss the workers’ experiences with sexual harassment by guests and what the union is doing to create safer workplaces for its members.

The meeting of national and local leaders of the AFL-CIO, Chicago Federation of Labor and employees that the union represents — which includes hotel and hospitality workers — came less than a month after an alderman sponsored a loophole into the city’s sexual harassment ordinance that would weaken the legislation.

At Monday’s meeting, the 12 union members present — all women — largely expressed gratitude to leadership for making efforts to improve their workplaces, however they noted that there is still more work to be done.

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