by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz and Robert Channick
Thousands of housekeepers, doormen, cooks and other hotel employees have been on strike since early Friday morning at 25 downtown hotels as they negotiate new contracts. Their primary demand is year-round health insurance for colleagues who get laid off during the slow winter season.
Their union, UNITE HERE Local 1, called the strike a week after contracts at 30 hotels expired Aug. 31, though it had been warning of a strike for weeks beforehand. The union negotiates contracts with each employer separately. About 6,000 workers are covered by the expired contracts. It isn't clear how many workers have walked off the job, but guests say they are feeling their absence.
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