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Hyatt Boycott Aims to End Worker Abuse

Hyatt Boycott Aims to End Worker Abuse

Hyatt “systematically abuses housekeepers and other hotel workers,” said UNITEHERE! President John Wilhelm this morning in announcing a worldwide boycott of the hotel chain.

A wide range of groups, including the AFL-CIO (see below), NFL Players Association (NFLPA), Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), Pride At Work and several civil rights and women’s groups, are backing the boycott.

At this morning’s press conference, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the Hyatt housekeepers and other Hyatt workers the “unsung heroes always in the background” who make sure hotel operations run smoothly.

We, the labor movement and our progressive friends, will make sure Hyatt does the right thing. We’ll be with you every day for as long as it takes.

Hyatt, says UNITEHERE!, has abused housekeepers and other hotel workers, replacing longtime employees with minimum wage temporary workers and imposing dangerous workloads on those who remain.

Wilhelm called it “unacceptable in 2012” that the housekeepers suffer high rates of debilitating injuries as a result of their work cleaning rooms. In May, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a formal Hazard Alert letter telling Hyatt that its housekeepers face ergonomic risks every day on the job. “We call on Hyatt,” said Wilhelm:

to end its systematic abuse of housekeepers and adopt the recommendations made by the federal government to reduce the physical strain associated with housekeeping work.

Along with the boycott, Hyatt workers and community supporters this week will hold demonstrations and other actions at Hyatt properties in 20 cities to shine a spotlight on Hyatt’s treatment of its workers and build support for the boycott.

In addition, a major social media program to “Vote Hyatt the Worst Hotel Employer in America” has just been launched. Allies, including MoveOn.org, Tom Morello, Netroots Nation, American Rights at Work, the Courage Campaign, the United Farm Workers, Making Change at Walmart, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, among others are joining Hyatt workers this week in calling on more than 2 million people online to “Vote Hyatt the Worst” and to send a message to Hyatt that its abuse and exploitation of hotel workers will not be tolerated.

Click here to cast your vote, learn about the abuse Hyatt workers face and share the campaign on Facebook and Twitter. 

The global Hyatt boycott has been endorsed virtually by every union representing hotel workers worldwide. Additionally, more than 5,000 individuals and organizations have pledged to honor boycotts called by Hyatt workers.

Find out more at www.hyatthurts.org.

The call to “Boycott Hyatt” does not include the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa and the Grand Hyatt Kauai, which have current collective bargaining agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), and does not include the following Hyatt hotels with current UNITEHERE! collective bargaining agreements: Grand Hyatt New York, Andaz 5th Avenue, Andaz Wall Street, Hyatt Hotel (Highway One Monterey), Hyatt Regency Monterey, Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hyatt Regency Dearborn (Michigan), Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, Hyatt Regency on King (Toronto), Park Hyatt Toronto, Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Hyatt Rosemont and Hyatt Place San Jose.

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