Teamsters Local 727 representatives and members have been walking the picket line from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day to inform the public of Hunter Parking’s sub-area standards wages and benefits.
Hunter Parking recently assumed operation of the parking garage at 215 W. Lake St. from Standard Parking, putting eight union members’ jobs in jeopardy. Local 727 represents more than 3,000 parking industry members in the Chicago area.
“Our members have spent years in this garage, building relationships with the patrons,” said John Coli Jr., Local 727 President. “These men and women aren’t just the people who park your car. They are the people you see twice a day, every day, all year long. They are the ones you entrust with one of your most valuable possessions. They are important workers who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”
Local 727 began picketing Feb. 17 to notify the public that Hunter Parking gives its workers wages and benefits far below the area standards for the industry.
“We’re getting the word out, and the regulars have been really supportive,” said Local 727 steward James Wright, who has been a member for more than 30 years and worked at the garage. “I’ve had a lot of monthly parkers tell me that they’re disappointed and frustrated with the new management.”
The Lake/Wells Self-Park at 177 N. Wells St., operated by InterPark, has independently announced it will offer discounted daily and monthly parking rates for people who previously used the 215 W. Lake St. garage.
Teamsters Local 727 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America's premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.