The Atlantic's City Lab: The Local Fight to End Sexual Assault in Low-Wage Jobs

"In Chicago, using UNITE HERE’s report as a launchpad, the Chicago Federation of Labor spearheaded legislation asking employers to put in greater protections. The city passed a law in October that, among other things, mandates employers provide a panic button that hotel workers can use to call hotel security if they feel unsafe."

Press Release: UNITE HERE Celebrates Our Union Members Being Named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year

"Today UNITE HERE celebrates TIME Magazine naming our union hotel housekeepers who stood up to sexual harassment from guests as their 2017 Person of the Year, in their Silence Breakers issue on stands Friday. Our Person of the Year recognition specifically features UNITE HERE hotel workers Juana of UNITE HERE Local 11 and Esthela of UNITE HERE Local 1, who both spoke out about sexual harassment they experienced at work in 2017 and then went on to run union campaigns in their own cities to reform the harassment epidemic in the hospitality industry. "

The Nation: Stopping Sexual Abuse on the Job Begins With Empowering Workers

"Chicago hotel housekeepers will report to work with a new piece of gear in the coming months: not buckets and gloves, but a small electronic alarm, which they can sound if they encounter the occupational hazard that’s haunted them silently for years: a sexual attack. The “panic button” fits in a housekeeper’s palm, but it’s the product of a massive public campaignled by the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE, for a local law to provide the devices as part of standard safety gear. More than an emergency technology, it’s a symbol of solidarity and recognition amid a culture of fear and silence. But the button just marks a start of a global conversation on redressing and preventing gender-based violence at work."

TIME Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers

"The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe. They might labor in California fields, or behind the front desk at New York City's regal Plaza Hotel, or in the European Parliament. They're part of a movement that has no formal name. But now they have a voice. ... State and local governments have also taken some concrete steps. In October, the Chicago city council passed an ordinance­ requiring hotels to provide panic buttons to employees who work alone in hotel rooms. "

Univision, Al Punto con Jorge Ramos: Hispanas trabajadoras de hotel cuentan sus historias de acoso sexual

"Cecilia y Nuris fueron acosadas sexualmente mientras trabajaban en un hotel limpiando cuartos. Hablan de lo que les sucedió y el temor de denunciar lo ocurrido."

Washington Post, Opinions: The sexual harassment conversation needs to move to the next level

"Yet, as journalist Barbara Ehrenreich has noted, “our current sex harassment discussion is woefully class-skewed. Too much about actresses and not enough about hotel housekeepers.” Sexual harassment is grounded in an imbalance of power, the heady sense that one can commit wrongful acts with impunity. Not surprisingly, it is most prevalent where the power imbalance is the most extreme. Ehrenreich cites Chicago’s Unite Here Local 1, the hospitality union, which found that nearly 60 percent of hotel workers in the greater Chicago area reported being sexually harassed on the job. Too often the male guests feel free to get “handsy” or to appear with no clothes on."

NPR Weekend Edition: Hospitality Workers And Sexual Harassment

"NPR's Scott Simon talks with Karen Kent, president of the Chicago chapter of the hospitality workers union Unite Here, about their efforts to protect hotel employees against sexual harassment."

Huffington Post: ‘He Was Masturbating… I Felt Like Crying’: What Housekeepers Endure To Clean Hotel Rooms

The housekeepers wore “No Harveys in Chicago” T-shirts to mark the ordinance’s passage. Among those celebrating was Cecilia, who had spent months rallying her colleagues around the cause. She hopes the new panic buttons will bring a sense of safety to workers like the young housekeeper she helped not even two months ago. “It’s more security, and more support,” Cecilia said. “Trust me. You shouldn’t be scared to work.”

Fox 32: Chicago hotel workers will have access to panic buttons under new ordinance

Interview with Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor "Chicago hotel employees are taking a stand against sexual harassment and indecent exposures by guests. A new law has passed to better protect staff including giving them access to panic buttons."