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April 18, 2018

UNITE HERE Local 1 Met With National Labor Leaders to Talk About the Success of "Hands Off Pants On" Campaign

UNITE HERE Local 1 Met With National Labor Leaders to Talk About the Success of

The day before the national AFL-CIO was scheduled to hold the Midwest District Meeting in March, its leadership, President Richard Trumka, SecretaryTreasurer Liz Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, met with members of UNITE HERE Local 1 as well as CFL President Jorge Ramirez and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Reiter to discuss the success of the “Hands Off Pants On” campaign. Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan and Secretary-Treasurer Tim Drea were also on hand for the meeting.

In Oct. 2017, Chicago City Council passed the “Hands Off Pants On” ordinance, a citywide ordinance to help protect hotel workers from unwanted sexual advances.

During the hour-long meeting in March, the women of UNITE HERE Local 1 talked about the change in culture around their workplaces. One member told the group she felt that women have a voice now. While they are proud of the work they have accomplished to date, they all acknowledge there is more to be done.

The Chicago Sun-Times wrote a story about the meeting. In the story, Trumka is quoted as saying, “It’s our belief that sexual harassment is a workplace safety issue. We, as a labor movement, are dead serious about changing the culture of the workplace.”

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