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D. Scott Watson quoted in “Hotel Strike Notification Law Stalled by 23-22 Council Vote”

Medill Reports - Chicago

An ordinance that would require Chicago hotels to alert guests about a strike before booking reservations was stalled by a fractured City Council on Wednesday when aldermen voted by an unusually narrow margin of 23-22 to send the ordinance back to the finance committee for reconsideration.

Quarles and Brady LLP labor employment partner Scott Watson said that it might not be as cut and dried as either side sees it. However, forcing a company to announce employees are striking is a unique requirement that he has not seen before in any industry.

"This [ordinance] is kind of the equivalent of forcing the Congress Hotel, if we want to use that example, to carry their own picket sign," Watson said. "It might not violate the letter of [the National Labor Relations Act] but it might violate the spirit of the act."

Originally published in Medill Reports - Chicago, October 7, 2009