Hotel Workers at Chicago Hilton on Strike

(NECN/WGN: Chicago, Illinois) - Hotel workers at the Chicago Hilton started a three-day strike Saturday.

Union members say they're outraged Hilton accepted federal bailout money while trying to lock employees into -quote- "cheap recession contracts."

In a statement, Hilton called the strike a -quote- "unnecessary step" and said the work stoppage would do nothing to resolve the contract standoff.

Hilton also said its workers receive competitive pay and generous benefits.

Published reports say the Federal Reserve wrote off $180- million in debt owed by Hilton to taxpayers.

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