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Hyatt Hotel Workers Fed Up, Ready to Protest


Jill Garvey • Jul 20, 2010

Thousands of workers are gearing up to protest Hyatt and its billionaire owners—Chicago’s own Pritzker family—on Thursday, July 22.

Workers in Chicago, Honolulu, San Francisco, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey, Boston, Vancouver, Toronto, Miami, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Santa Clara and San Diego are prepared to take part in non-violent civil disobedience actions with thousands of witnesses as part of a 15-city coordinated day of action.

According to UNITE HERE, whose members include dishwashers, housekeepers, bellmen and cooks, “Hotel workers across North America have endured staff cuts, reduced hours, and excessive injury rates. Hyatt wants to take more away and lock workers into recession contracts even as the economy rebounds.”

Hyatt’s owners may be the worst offenders, laying off workers even as its share values rose dramatically in the first six months as a publicly traded company.

For more information about where the protests will be taking place in your city and how to support workers, visit www.hotelworkersrising.org.

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