Labor unrest at Hyatt Hotels Corp. escalated Monday as Unite Here called for a global boycott of the Chicago-based hotel chain and the company took out a full-page Washington Post ad blasting the union campaign and defending its workplace practices.
The union held a press conference in Washington D.C. announcing the boycott with leaders from the AFL-CIO, NFL Players Association, the National Organization of Women, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, among others, labeling the company “the worst hotel employer in America.”
Unite Here has been engaged in a long battle with the company protesting the outsourcing of jobs and working conditions. It represents, housekeepers, bell staff, restaurant workers and others.
“The launch of the global boycott marks the largest escalation to date in an ongoing campaign for basic worker rights,” Unite Here said in a release Monday.
“Hyatt has abused housekeepers and other hotel workers, replacing longtime employees with minimum wage temporary workers and imposing dangerous workloads on those who remain.”
Unite Here President John Wilhelm said in a statement “it is unacceptable in 2012 that women endure debilitating injuries as a result of the work they do cleaning rooms.”
In announcing the boycott, Unite Here also said it will engage in a week of demonstrations at Hyatt Hotels in 20 cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco and Boston.