Later this afternoon, UNITE-HERE Local 1 members and labor allies from across Chicago will head down to the Congress Hotel on Michigan Avenue to mark the seventh anniversary of the hotel employees' strike. As we wrote this time last year, a trip to the Congress picket line has unfortunately
become an annual summertime rite for the city's progressive community.
Today, Illinois' own Rep. Luis Gutierrez is scheduled to address the
union workers. We'll be at the rally, so check back for more coverage tomorrow morning.
In the meantime, you can learn more about this labor
dispute -- the longest-running in the country -- by reading our 2008 article "Walk The Line."