Hotel workers go on hunger strike

Providence hotel workers and a Central Falls city councilor said Monday they are protesting a measure passed by state lawmakers by going on a hunger strike.

The group of women announced the hunger strike during a rally in the State House rotunda.

Providence City Council passed a resolution last week to put a referendum on the November ballot asking voters to approve a $15 an hour minimum wage for workers in larger hotels.

But state lawmakers passed a provision in the state budget on the same day that prevents cities and towns from setting their own minimum wage laws.

Supporters of the state measure said allowing municipalities to set their own minimum wages would result in chaos.