The Illinois Restaurant Association has said that a raise in the minimum wage would force restaurants to close their doors or layoff workers. But strikers said with the companies high profit margins, raising pay was a matter of priority.
The dispute led to a global boycott. It came up after Penny Pritzker’s nomination as commerce secretary. At one point, Hyatt turned heat lamps on Chicago pickets as summer temperatures neared triple digits. Now it could all be over.