Posts Tagged ‘hotel workers’

Hyatt’s painful anti-worker stance

Can you imagine being forced to work on your hands and knees to scrub floors every day, instead of using a mop? It’s back-breaking work.

In California right now, there’s a bill that would require hotels to give their housekeepers mops and other simple, common-sense tools that are proven to reduce injuries. Read more »


The status quo is insane

In case anyone is wondering if labor law reform is really needed, the case of Blackstone Hotel in Chicago provides an answer. Workers there formed a union in 2008, but have since faced an onslaught of federal law violations by the hotel. And now, after a year and a half of negotiation, they still don’t have a contract.

Last week, an NLRB administrative law judge ruled that the hotel illegally tried to get employees to decertify the union, and laid off workers and changed employee health plans without involving the union. As Crain’s Chicago Business reports:

Alexis Canalos, a researcher for Local 1, estimates Blackstone workers are owed at least $250,000 in back wages and health premiums.

I’m glad the NLRB is holding the hotel accountable. But despite this victory, the workers are still waiting for a contract. Read more »


Flash mob “rah rah’s” for hotel workers (Video)

In my many years scouring the Internet, I don’t think I’ve ever seen “hotel workers,” “flash mob,” and “Lady Gaga” in the same sentence.

But here it is: this week, the San Francisco chapter of Pride at Work organized a Lady Gaga flash mob to support hotel workers at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel. Think I’m kidding? Check the tape.

Singing “Boycott, boycott, workers’ rights are hot” to the tune of Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and showing off coordinated dance moves in the middle of the lobby, the flash mobbers were impossible for the Westin’s management – or patrons – to ignore.

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