Learn more about local Hyatt disputes, boycotts and beyond.

Sacramento

BOYCOTT!: Hyatt Regency Sacramento

1209 L St

Sacramento, CA 95814

Decades of Broken Promises.

While the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento is not directly owned by Hyatt Corporation, it has a franchise agreement with Hyatt and maintains long-term Hyatt management. Patronizing this hotel supports the Hyatt brand that has been tarnished by its unjust treatment of workers.

“The local bitterness between Hyatt and the hotel union goes back to the 1988 construction of the property, which was built with a city subsidy and using some union money. The hotel did not get union representation for its restaurant, bar and housekeeping staff.” (Union Fires up Old Boycott of Hyatt Regency, Sacramento Business Journal, January 21, 2011).

The boycott of the Hyatt Regency Sacramento started a decade ago when the Hyatt management of this hotel refused to agree to a card-check neutrality agreement with UNITE HERE Local 49 that would have given majority of the hotel staff a fair process to choose representation free from intimidation and delay.  Workers still do not have a fair process to choose the union to this day.

 

San Francisco

BOYCOTT!: Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf

555 North Point St,

San Francisco, CA 94133

Leading the city in back-breaking workloads.

In the summer of 2008, Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf became the first of 15 non-union Hyatt hotels where workers publicly called on the company to give them a fair and neutral process to organize. The Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf was sold earlier this year. However, Hyatt continues to profit from the hotel as a franchisee.  Even under new ownership many of the same working conditions that led workers to organize for a fair process still exist.

Housekeepers continue to suffer from work injuries due to back breaking workloads.   In December of 2012 Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf agreed to an unprecedented settlement with Cal/OSHA resolving a set of citations, two of which pertained to repetitive motion injuries.  Unfortunately the new owner has maintained many of the same housekeeping work rules that led to high rates of injuries for housekeepers when the hotel was under Hyatt management. Workers at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf just want the same things that unionized hotel workers across San Francisco have: quality affordable health care, job security, and a secure retirement.

 

Santa Clara

BOYCOTT!: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

5101 Great America Pkwy

Santa Clara, CA 95054

Immigrant mothers fight back against unjust firing.

Excessive workloads, low wages, and lack of respect prompted hotel workers at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara to organize for a fair and neutral process to form a union in 2008. Workers launched a boycott in February 2011 after Hyatt refused to agree to such a process. Many housekeepers have reported daily pain, workplace injuries, and other forms of mistreatment. Shortly after career housekeeper Marta Reyes complained about her and her sister’s picture being posted on a company bulletin board in a sexually degrading way, the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara fired them. After they were fired, the Reyes sisters filed a retaliation complaint with the EEOC and over 100,000 people worldwide signed a petition online calling for their reinstatement. Hyatt Santa Clara workers and their community allies call on customers to honor the boycott of the property by refusing to eat sleep or meet at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara until a fair process is secured.

 

Seattle

BOYCOTT!: Hyatt at Olive 8

1635 8th Avenue

Seattle, Washington, USA, 98101

BOYCOTT!: Grand Hyatt Seattle

721 Pine Street

Seattle, WA 98101

New Boycott Launched in Seattle

Workers have called a boycott of both The Grand Hyatt Seattle and the Hyatt at Olive 8. At the Hyatt at Olive 8, housekeepers have recently reported that they have not been supplied with carts big enough to hold all their cleaning supplies for the day—forcing them to rush through many extra trips with heavy armloads of linens. In the past year, Hyatt at Olive 8 has used more temporary workers, a precedent that can threaten full-time jobs.

Seattle-based hotel owner Richard Hedreen has not yet agreed to a fair process for workers to decide whether to choose a union. Mr. Hedreen has been an upstanding civic leader in Seattle for decades. Hyatt workers on calling on Mr. Hedreen to continue this precedent, and allow workers and the Hyatt Corporation to make progress on improving tourism industry jobs in our city.

 

UNITE HERE, 275 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001-6708. Tel. 212-265-7000. www.unitehere.org