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No, it's not a party. It's the hotel employees striking against the InterContinental Santiago for low wages.
The protest is pretty massive with a giant white banner stretched across the street corner, asking the InterContinental for a significant increase in employee wages. Smaller white signs listing the faults of the hotel also line the entire building while in front of the entrance, protesters have gathered to chant and sing songs. The walkway is littered with pieces of paper and it looks as if the doors are closed.
ILoveChile.com covered the protest when it began ten days ago. Yet despite the ferocity and length of the protest, the hotel is still accepting reservations. Tomorrow night, you can stay in a room for only $219 a night. That seems cheap but not worth the drama.
UPDATE: The morning after, all the signs and banners were removed, the sidewalk was cleaned up and bellmen were bustling outside the entrance. Perhaps strike is over? Or maybe just taking a break for the Chile v. Brazil World Cup game.
Hyatt got a pat on the back and an extra scoop of ice cream in November when it was named the top place to work for LGBT equality, but now the hotel chain is back in the doghouse and bearing the brunt of a boycott that, according to a release put out by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), has cost Hyatt more than $27 million in business.
Those numbers obviously are subjective and unable to be confirmed at this time, but it's very well possible considering the boycott has been active since last summer. At that time, union leaders of Hyatt's employees called for a global boycott in response to what they deemed to be "various unfair labor practices." More than 5,000 organizations have backed the effort and information/resources have been aggregated on its website, hyatthurts.org.
Last week, the NCLR, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) joined in, citing "widespread evidence of harmful working conditions for hotel housekeepers, who are predominantly women of color, including Latinas."
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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!
If you're checking into the Park Hyatt Chicago, you might not get the welcome you hoped for. That's because hotel workers from the Unite Here Local 1 union will be striking in front of the hotel for better working conditions for hotel housekeepers.
Apparently Hyatt Hotels is the last major hotel chain in Chicago to agree to a deal with the union. In fact, over a year ago in May, a few hundred Hyatt employees walked out on their jobs in protest. But that was only for a few hours while today looks like it will be an all-day thing.
Hyatt's also got the same problem today in other cities too, nine to be exact including Boston, where two years ago 100 Hyatt employees were suddenly fired. Hopefully, Hyatt and hotel workers in Chicago can kiss and makeup, or at least come to an agreement on a contract, very soon.
Are you currently staying a hotel that's in the middle of a strike? Let us know from the frontlines what's going on!
The strikes occurred at Hiltons in Chicago, San Francisco and in Honolulu at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the largest Hilton Hotel. Most workers at Hilton hotels have been working without contracts for months as they continue to negotiate fairer terms with Hilton.
According to People's World, Hilton wants to up the housekeeping room quota from 14 to 20 rooms a day as well as cut some seniority privileges and combine jobs. Wage increases and pension benefits proposed by Hilton have been deemed insufficient by employing unions.
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As far as we could see, things seemed to be A-OK. Free WiFi was still in place and Provenance was working hard to get the renovations back on track at both the Hotel Vertigo and the Hotel Frank. Yet things were not as copacetic as we thought.
Provenance has been tussling with employees of the three hotels (including Hotel Metropolis) over increased workloads and slashed employee benefits. A longtime hotel bellman at Hotel Frank, who's also Unite-Here Local 2 union activist, was fired last week after a "boisterous picket line" convened in front of the hotel to protest these changes.
Just remember that a certain someone makes this bed look so good.
Things are getting dirty in Chicago at Hyatt Hotels. Nearly 400 housekeepers staged a three-hour work "stoppage" yesterday at the Hyatt Regency on Wacker Drive. The housekeepers, spurred by employee union Unite Here Local 1, were protesting their growing workload (specifically with hotel bedding) and this little thing called an expired contract.
Yup, over 6,000 hotel employees at 31 hotels in Chicago have been working without a contract since last August. We just hope this issue ends better than it did in Boston where Hyatt Hotels there had all the housekeepers train their replacements before effectively firing them.
For now, the housekeepers have been told by Unite Here Local 1 to return to work but this is definitely not over. We just wonder what Lady Gaga song might be used next.
Guests at the Westin San Francisco over the weekend had some fantastic entertainment to watch in the hotel's lobby.
That's because gay rights' groups, San Francisco Pride at Work and One Struggle One Fight (along with the Brass Liberation Orchestra) put on a special show just to urge guests to boycott the hotel. Their cause? Fair contracts for hotel workers. (This has been a very long ongoing issue in San Francisco.)
Part flash mob, part political rally and part "Glee" episode, the event used Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" song (and choreography) to voice their problems with the hotel.
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We're guessing "I Love You Man" actor Jason Segel isn't going to be using the name of Sydney Fife to check into the Bowery Hotel anymore, thanks to this gossip item, but it was fun while it lasted. The NY Daily News reports:
Jason Segel knows how to keep a low profile when he's in our fair city: We hear the funnyman uses the name of his character in "I Love You, Man" when he stays at the Bowery Hotel. "He checks in under Sydney Fife," says a source, who reveals that Segel uses the pseudonym when he has a rendezvous with a prominent upper East Side socialite.
Any idea on the mystery UES socialite? Tip us off. (Please, we pray it's not Tinsley Mortimer.)
Do not expect this scene today at The Palace Hotel.
Over the weekend, hotel workers from the union, Unite Here, staged a three day strike in front of The Grand Hyatt San Francisco to protest the contract negotiations that have been ongoing. The workers have been working without a new contract since August and the main sticky point, as ever, is the issue of health care.
Hotel workers have repeatedly gone on strike over contract negotiations in the last few years but rarely does it ever happen back to back at different hotels. Last night, hotel workers at the famed Palace Hotel which is part of Starwood's Luxury Collection, began a three-day strike as well, at a time when the hotel was at 100 percent occupancy, thanks to a few conventions that are going on.
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Perhaps sensing that the outrage from the Boston community over the recent firing of longtime housekeepers would not die down, Hyatt Hotels has announced that they are putting together a "support plan" to help their former employees. The official statement from Hyatt:
We are announcing today the formation of a task force to provide additional support to the 98 Boston-area Hyatt employees affected by the recent restructionf of the hotels'housekeeping services. In support of their transition to new jobs, the program will include extended healthcare coverage and retraining assistance tailored to the situation of each individual.
Management and HR directors from each of the Boston Hyatt hotels will create and administer the program. Retraining is the main focus and health coverage will be extended through the end of this year (which is only three and a half more months). It was previously set to end this month.
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This bathroom will now be cleaned by outsourced housekeepers.
It's never easy for the hotel housekeeping staff. The things they have to put up with from us guests! But whether or not you agree that they should receive an extra tip for their work, you have to admit the latest news from the Hyatt Hotels in Boston is unfair. The Boston Globe reports:
Hyatt Hotels Corp. laid off the entire housekeeping staffs at the Hyatt Regency Boston, Hyatt Regency Cambridge, and Hyatt Harborside Hotel after the morning shift had ended on Aug. 31, citing challenging economic conditions, and immediately replaced them with workers from an out-of-state staffing firm. The housekeepers had been training those very workers, from Georgia’s Hospitality Staffing Solutions, who they were told would be filling in for vacations.
So basically, these housekeepers--some who have worked at the hotels for years--were asked to train their replacements without even knowing it. Not cool.