(CHICAGO) -- Hundreds of workers at Chicago’s Hilton hotel remained off the job Sunday broadening a growing labor action against one of America's best known hotel chanins.
Employees at Hilton hotels in Honolulu and San Francisco began striking last week.
The Chicago Hilton workers said they would strike through Monday to protest against a company they say wants to lock its employees into cheap contracts.
The union’s hotel contract expired a year ago and workers claim that the chain refuses to offer competitive wages and benefits.
Workers say the company erased some of its debt by accepting millions in federal bailout funds.
"They want us to do more work. They want to subcontract jobs that are union jobs, and they're doing this all when they received $180 million in taxpayer money," said Derek Hanson, a Hilton bellman.
The company released a statement calling the protests “unnecessary” adding that "under current difficult economic conditions and with 10% unemployment, the union also continues to insist on wage increases of up to 7% annually and several other very costly proposals."
Hilton added that its "employees currently are paid competitive wages and enjoy many generous benefits, including fully paid health insurance with virtually no employee contribution."
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