Abuse of Workers Triggers Global Boycott of Hyatt Hotels
According to a press release, the boycott stems from Hyatt’s “extensive abuse” of workers.
In response to the abuse, labor activists are calling for “a week of protest activities atHyatt locations in cities around the country, including Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, Chicago, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Boston. A demonstration is also planned in London, UK.”
“Hyatt has singled itself out as the worst employer in the hotel industry by abusing its housekeepers and other hotel workers, replacing longtime employees with minimum wage temporary workers, and imposing dangerous and health-threatening workloads on those who remain,” the release reads.
Hyatt allegedly subcontracts workers, abuses immigrants, and turned heat lamps on striking workers during the summer heat.
“Thousands of community supporters are joining Hyatt workers in this call to boycott the hotel company. By choosing to not eat, meet or sleep atHyatt, they are urging friends, family and the public to send a clear message to Hyatt that its abuse and exploitation of hotel workers will not be tolerated. In response, Hyatt workers have taken bold steps to end mistreatment, speaking publicly about abuses, going on strike, and now joining in a global boycott of Hyatt,” according to the press release.
This effort to highlight the abuses of Hyatt hotels also highlights the tension between President Obama and his base. Penny Pritzker, part of the family that owns Hyatt, served as Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign national finance chair.
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