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Congress Hotel Strike Marks First Anniversary with Street Blockade, Arrests, Banner Drop, Massive Picket-Line

On June 15, 2003, hotel employees at Chicago's Congress Hotel went on strike for better wages, benefits, and a new contract. The strike has continued ever since, and on June 15, 2004, the strike marked its first anniversary, with a panoply of dramatic events.

The day's events included a spirited rally, a sizable picket-line, and a direct action blockade which saw fifteen strikers briefly block traffic on Michigan Avenue before getting arrested. Shortly after the arrests, strikers deployed a dramatic banner-drop from the windows of the Congress Hotel itself.

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