Hyatt Housekeepers National Day of Action
July 22, 2011
Hyatt housekeepers nationwide are stepping out of the shadows to demand an end to the abuses they face at work. Hyatt has eliminated jobs, replaced career housekeepers with minimum wage temporary workers, and imposed dangerous workloads on those housekeepers who remain. In response, thousands of workers and supporters participated in protests in nine cities nationwide: San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Hawaii.
Many actions focused on Hyatt’s abuse of housekeepers, with bed-making demonstrations and other activities spotlighting the health hazards associated with housekeeping work. Hyatt took heat in the press for turning heat lamps on picketing workers on strike at the Park Hyatt amid a heat wave sweeping the nation.
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See press coverage below:
- Hyatt apologizes for turning heatlamps on strikers, Reuters, 7/22/2011
- Hyatt Protest Heats Up: Hotel Turns Heat Lamps on Union Strikers During Brutally Hot Day, Huffington Post, 7/22/2011
- Arrests Made During Hyatt Protest, Fox San Antonio, 7/21/2011
- 10 arrested at protest of Hyatt downtown, San Antonio Express-News, 7/22/2011
- Nearly 80 arrested during SF hotel protest, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/21/2011
- Hotel Workers Protest in Downtown Indianapolis, WIBC, 7/21/2011
- About 80 Demonstrators Cited At Union Square Hotel Workers Protest, SF Appeal, 7/21/2011
- Housekeepers and Union Leaders Protest Outside Hyatt on Sunset, Patch, 7/22/2011
- Protesters show support for "Hyatt 100", Boston Herald, 7/22/2011
- Workers Protest Conditions at San Antonio Hotel, KABB, 7/21/2011
- Hawaii Hotel Workers Protest Working Conditions, Star Advertiser, 7/22/2011
- Hyatt workers, and Pritzkers, take heat in Chicago Politico, 7/21/2011
- Workers: Heat Lamps Shined On Hyatt Hotel Picket Line CBS Chicago, 7/21/2011
- Park Hyatt strikers decry outsourcing; hotel turns on heaters WBEZ, 7/21/2011
- Park Hyatt workers staging day-long strike Chicago Tribune, 7/21/2011