February 11, 2011
23 Workers, Clergy, and Community Supporters Arrested for Civil Disobedience at Hyatt Regency
Yesterday, over 350 workers picketed at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown San Francisco to protest Hyatt’s refusal to settle a fair contract with over 700 of its San Francisco hotel workers. It’s been over a year and a half since the last contract expired, but Hyatt management continues to propose contracts that would increase health care costs for workers by hundreds of dollars a month, freeze pensions, and increase workloads. As the crowd sang We Shall Not Be Moved, 23 clergy, workers, and community supporters engaged in civil disobedience and accepted arrest.
Similar actions took place across the country, from Honolulu to San Antonio as workers and their supporters in 6 other cities took to the streets in protest of Hyatt’s greed. In San Antonio, where workers at the Hyatt Regency are fighting to achieve a fair process to form a union, workers entered the lobby carrying huge posters showing injuries inflicted on housekeepers by Hyatt’s excessive work load. In Los Angeles, 550 workers marched outside while a banner was dropped from the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza reading, “Hyatt–Stop Hurting Housekeepers.” And in Honolulu, 450 workers took to the streets and outside the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. In some cities besides San Francisco, workers and supporters also engaged in non-violent civil disobedience.
All three Hyatts in San Francisco are under boycott. The Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency are boycotted as a result of the contract dispute. Workers at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf are struggling to achieve a fair process to form a union.
- Interview with Hyatt worker Cynthia Reed on Green 960 AM, 2/10/11
- 23 hotel workers arrested for sit in at Hyatt, 2/10/11
- Hotel Workers Target Hyatt, 2/11/2011
- Unionized Workers Protest Hyatt Regency Waikiki, 2/10/2011
- Workers Rally Against Hyatt, 2/11/2011