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UNITE HERE Local 1 Rings In a New Day for Chicago Hotel Workers As City’s Landmark “Hands Off Pants On” Law Takes Full Effect

UNITE HERE Local 1 Rings In a New Day for Chicago Hotel Workers As City’s Landmark “Hands Off Pants On” Law Takes Full Effect For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Sarah Lyons [email protected] (312) 385-0603   City officials and labor leaders join Chicago hotel workers to mark the day by which Chicago hotels must provide panic […]

Office of the Mayor, Press Room: Chicago Hotels Required To Provide Panic Buttons To Protect Workers From Sexual Harassment Or Assault

“Everyone who works in Chicago deserves safe, secure and empowering professional environments in which to do their jobs,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Those who have been willing to speak out about their experiences, and the countless others who have suffered in silence, deserve not just our respect, but our sustained efforts to prevent, prohibit and punish harassment whenever and wherever it occurs. This ordinance makes it clear that sexual harassment is not just inexcusable and inappropriate, it is illegal.”

FOX 32: Chicago hotel workers now equipped with ‘Panic Buttons’

Thousands of hotel workers have a new way to protect themselves as a new city ordinance takes effect.

Alderman Michelle Harris joined local union leaders and hotel workers on Sunday to celebrate the ordinance known as “Hands Off – Pants On.”

The ordinance requires all hotels in the city to provide panic buttons for housekeeping staff.

Chicago Sun-Times: Karen Kent Op-Ed: ‘Panic button’ ordinance for hotel workers sends a strong #MeToo message

On July 1, 2018, the landmark “Hands Off Pants On” ordinance goes into full effect, requiring Chicago hotels to provide panic buttons to all hotel workers who clean, restock, or take inventory alone in guest rooms and rest rooms. It was the women hospitality workers of UNITE HERE Local 1 who came together, spoke out, and with the support of the Chicago Federation of Labor, won this innovative policy to help address a long-standing problem.

CBS Chicago: Chicago-Area Sexual Harassment Survey Reveals Disturbing Numbers

“While the panel was assembled months ago, the topic is timely as sexual harassment and so-called “locker room” talk has made headlines recently.

The “Hands Off, Pants On” panel also debuted a new video called “Union Men React to Workplace Harassment and Assault” which shows men reading women’s stories of sexual harassment.

The panel was lead by Justice Anne M. Burke. Sports anchor Julie DiCaro of sister station, 670 The Score, spoke about her experience of online harassment and how a YouTube video #MoreThanMean made a difference.”