About 3,000 hotel workers in four cities—Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu—are in the midst of a strike against six Hyatt hotels. The one-week strike, which began September 8, will end on Wednesday evening, September 14.
Workers are on strike at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (Chicago), Hyatt Regency Chicago, Andaz West Hollywood, and Hyatt Regency Waikiki. The union is calling for a boycott of 11 additional properties in four states. Major sticking points for the union include housekeeper workload, health and safety concerns, and of jobs. “Hyatt workers are waging a crucial struggle,” said John Wilhelm, president, Unite Here. “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.”
Hyatt officials say the union has rejected the same wage and benefit package it already accepted from Starwood and Hilton. “During these difficult economic times, we know that our employees want to work, which is shown by so many of them who have told us that they want the union to end these drawn-out negotiations,” said Hyatt officials. “We wish that the union leaders had settled these contracts, so our associates could have been spared a work stoppage that has nothing to do with their wages and benefits. We are anxious to award increases to our hard-working employees.” Hyatt officials hope the union accepts the terms or returns to the bargaining table to complete negotiations, “rather than continuing to hold up negotiations in an effort to organize certain non-union hotels.”