Trumka joins Hyatt workers at close of strike
September 15, 2011
Hyatt workers in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu concluded a one week strike with actions at area Hyatt hotels. In Chicago, they were joined by clergy allies and the President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka. Nationwide, Hyatt has singled itself out as the worst hotel employer in the industry.
Injury rates for Hyatt housekeepers are high, and studies have shown that housekeeping can lead to debilitating injuries. Housekeepers at some Hyatts clean as many as 30 rooms a day, nearly double what is typically required at union hotels. To date, OSHA or its state counterparts have issued 15 citations against the Hyatt at ten hotels, including the Hyatt Andaz, and 3 citations against one of the Hyatt's housekeeping subcontractors at one of those hotels, alleging violations of safety regulations that protect housekeepers and other employees. The agencies have proposed fines totaling $95,405.00 between Hyatt and its subcontractor.
Hyatt workers have called for boycotts at 16 Hyatt properties and have led dozens of public demonstrations all across North America. Already, Hyatt has lost over $20 million in hotel business.
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Below, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Speaks to Striking Hyatt Workers in Chicago on September 14.