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3,000 Union Workers Walk Out On Hyatt

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September 8, 2011 at 1:14 PM | by | ()

Remember when we told you "today's not a good day to stay at a Hyatt in Chicago?" Well, this week isn't looking so good either. As of this morning, unionized workers at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place have have launched a week-long protest.

But that's not it: workers from other Hyatt hotels in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu have all followed suit in similar week-long protests. According to Unite Here, the strikes are comprised of about 3,000 union workers across six hotels. Yikes!

A rep for the Hyatt Regency Chicago (Hyatt's largest property in the world) told the Sun-Times:

"Unfortunately, this work stoppage could have been avoided if the local union had accepted the idential wage and benefits package they already accepted from Hilton, Starwood and InterContinental.

It is unclear why the union is refusing to help give our associaties the benefit increases they have earned and deserved....We look forward to a quick resolution to this action so our associates can return to work as some of the best paid hotel associates in the city.”

The complaint, for those unfamiliar with previous instances of Hyatt union worker strikes, is that Hyatt hasn't renewed any contracts since they expired in 2009, despite the fact that other major global companies like Hilton and Starwood have. In addition, many union workers have been replaced with cheaper, non-union, part-time workers, who are then required to do an unfair amount of work (one report specified that these temps have been asked to clean up to 30 rooms a day).

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[Photo: Chicago Sun-Times]

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