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Hundreds of workers were on strike at a downtown hotel early Thursday morning.

The striking Palmer House Hilton workers say they believe the hotel’s owner has enough money to pay them, but they believe the owner is using the recession as an excuse not to.

About 500 workers have walked off the job. The one-day strike comes as the busy holiday season kicks into full gear. The contract battle has been going on for more than a year. Earlier this year, union members conducted short-term strikes at the Hilton on Michigan Avenue and the Hyatt Regency-O’Hare. The contract for housekeepers, dishwashers, cooks and bell staff expired 15 months ago.

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