Target: Hyatt Corporation
Goal: Rehire workers who were terminated without reason
In 2009, the Hyatt Corporation fired a large number of housekeepers and hotel staff unexpectedly and replaced them with temporary workers who were hired in at minimum wage. The workers, many of whom had been employees of the hotel for upwards of 20 years, were required to train their replacements under the pretense that the trainees could stand in for them when they were sick or on vacation. The group, now known as the Hyatt 100, has called for a national boycott of Hyatt Hotels and has been active in trying to win back the jobs they lost and improve working conditions for those inside the hotel.
Alongside the injustice of firing these 100 workers is the poor treatment of the temporary workers that have been hired to replace them. While still earning minimum wage and with no health care or retirement benefits, each member of the housekeeping staff is required to clean upwards of 30 rooms a day, nearly double that of workers at union hotels. Sadly, this is not the only instance of the Hyatt Corporation disrespecting its employees. The Corporation has a history of exploiting immigrant workers and not meeting work safety standards, and even went as far as to turn heat lamps on striking workers in Chicago who were protesting for better working conditions; the heat index for that day was forecast above 100 degrees.
The Hyatt Corporation has proven itself to be an unethical and greedy company, driven entirely by profit and with no concern for the rights of their workers. Sign this petition in support of the Hyatt 100 and let the Hyatt Corporation know that we will not stand for this flagrant abuse of workers’ rights.
To the Hyatt Corporation:
When you laid off 100 hotel workers in Boston in 2009 and replaced them with minimum wage contract workers, you sent a clear message to all of your employees and all of your potential customers: The Hyatt Corporation does not care about the rights of its workers. In doing so, you started a nationwide boycott and became the focal point of many political and humanist organizations that saw through your money-saving tactics to the core of a greedy and selfish corporate entity.
August will mark the three-year anniversary of these layoffs, and the Hyatt Corporation has yet to admit any wrongdoing. In fact, you have taken more aggressive action against those who protest the unfair working conditions while refusing to improve the quality of life for the workers you already have. If you want the boycotts and strikes to end, it is time to hire back the 100 laid-off workers and stop paying poverty level wages in an unsafe work environment.
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