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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."
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!
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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.