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July 19, 2012
AFL-CIO, others call for boycott against Hyatt hotels
By: Doreen Hemlock

Leaders of labor unions, women’s groups and gay organizations plan a news conference Monday to urge a boycott of Hyatt hotels for alleged worker abuses, such as replacing full-time staff with lower-paid temporary workers.

Participants in the boycott call include leaders of the AFL-CIO labor union, UNITE labor union, National Organization for Women, NFL Players Association and Interfaith Workers Justice, among others.

Demonstrations are planned at select Hyatt hotels in U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, Chicago, Baltimore, Seattle and Boston.

Boycott organizers said Hyatt housekeepers face dangerous workloads and that Hyatt has refused to stay neutral as non-union hotel workers organize. For more on those allegations, visit

The call comes as Hyatt and UNITE have been negotiating contracts for nearly three years for UNITE members at four Chicago area Hyatt hotels. In April, Hyatt filed an unfair labor practices charge with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming that union leaders are negotiating in bad faith.

Hyatt said that it has offered UNITE members the same wage and benefits terms that the union accepted at Hilton and Starwood properties in Chicago, but union leaders refuse to accept a contract or let members vote on those terms.

As of March 31, Hyatt’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 488 properties in 45 countries, the company said. South Florida properties include the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale and the Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale/Plantation in Plantation.



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