Hyatt Branded as ‘Worst Hotel Employer in America’

The IAM is joining with UNITE HERE, the AFL-CIO and progressive organizations nationwide to help secure fair treatment, a safe workplace and basic human dignity for house cleaning staff at Hyatt hotels.

Hyatt management has garnered a reputation for abusing its housekeepers and other workers for years, replacing longtime employees with minimum wage temporary workers and imposing dangerous workloads on those who remain.

In response, Hyatt workers are taking steps to end the mistreatment, speaking publicly about abuses and launching a call online to Vote Hyatt the Worst Hotel Employer in America.

Some Hyatt housecleaners are required to clean up to 30 rooms per eight hour shift, double the amount required in a standard union hotel in North America. In addition to a Dickensian workload, Hyatt housekeepers had the highest injury rate of all hotel housekeepers according to a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine that examined 50 hotel properties from 5 different hotel companies.

A global boycott against Hyatt hotels was announced on July 23, triggering protests in 20 US cities, including Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, Chicago, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Seattle, and Boston.

While the boycott has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO and virtually every union representing hotel workers worldwide, there are certain Hyatt hotels that are not targeted by the call to “Boycott Hyatt.”

The boycott 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, and does not include the following Hyatt hotels with current UNITE HERE collective bargaining agreements: Grand Hyatt New York, Andaz 5th Avenue, Andaz Wall Street, Hyatt Hotel (Highway One Monterey), Hyatt Regency Monterey, Hyatt Penn’s Landing (Philadelphia), 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, Hyatt Place San Jose, Hyatt Place Braintree (MA), and Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

Click here http://www.hyatthurts.org/ to learn more about the “Hyatt Hurts” campaign and to sign the petition to brand Hyatt as the Worst Hotel Employer in America.