Last week Hyatt workers at six hotels in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu went on strike, demanding better working conditions and treatment from their employer. After working two years without a contract, housekeepers, kitchen staff, and other Hyatt workers are standing up to Hyatt, going on a week-long strike to protest bottom of the barrel wages, high injury rates, Hyatt’s long track record of health and safety violations, and the company’s opposition to workplace safety legislation.
For more details on why Hyatt workers are on strike, click here.
As John Wilhelm, president of UNITE HERE states, “In the face of widening income inequality and the systematic eradication of the American middle class, Hyatt workers are bravely fighting for the ability to stand up for one another in contending with a global giant like Hyatt.”
Last month, we met with a number of with Hyatt housekeepers and learned firsthand of the difficulties they face, their fight to provide for their families, and their determination to stand by their peers. These women endure extremely high injury rates and physically grueling shifts. And although they are essential to the success of their hotels, they are often bullied and threatened by management rather than treated with the respect they’ve earned.
Cathy Youngblood, one of the housekeepers we met with, said it best:
I believe in hard work but living in pain is a different story. I have to take medication regularly because my wrists and shoulders hurt from having to lift mattresses to change the sheets. Since I started working at the Hyatt my quality of life has diminished greatly. Hyatt must stop abusing housekeepers.
Let Cathy and the other Hyatt workers know that they are not alone by joining the virtual picket line now!