Hartford Hilton Hotel workers hold rally to protest plan to turn hotel into condos


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Workers at the Hartford Hilton Hotel held a protest on Monday.

Local 217 workers are calling on the community to stand with them as they protest a plan by Governor Ned Lamont’s State Bond Commission to give wealthy developers $11-million to shut down half the hotel and turn it into condos.

The workers fear that if the plan is approved, most of them will be fired.

Workers gathered outside of the hotel on Monday afternoon to call on Lamont to halt the proposal. They marched to City Hall.

Sandra Walton, one of the employees of the hotel, told News 8, “I’m told 75 percent of us will be losing our jobs, and at the end of the day we depend solely on our jobs to feed our families, to pay our mortgages, to pay our bills. And if that should happen, we will be living on the state asking for assistance.”

Several Hilton workers plan to testify at the Hartford City Council virtual public hearing Monday night about the proposed plan.

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