WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — Employees at a Hyatt hotel in West Hollywood took part in a week-long multi-city walkout Thursday to protest work conditions.

The strike by members of the Unite Here union affects the Andaz West Hollywood at 8401 W. Sunset Blvd. and Hyatt properties in Chicago, San Francisco and Honolulu, the union announced.

Workers are “fighting for the right to take a stand against an abusive employer that is destroying good jobs in their North American hotels. Hyatt has singled itself out as the worst employer in the hotel industry,” a union statement said.

The union accused Hyatt of replacing career housekeepers with minimum-wage temporary workers and imposed dangerous workloads on housekeepers who remain.

“Injury rates for Hyatt housekeepers are high, and academic studies have shown that housekeeping can lead to debilitating injuries,” it said.

“Housekeepers at some Hyatts clean as many as 30 rooms a day, nearly double what is typically required at union hotels.”

The union also complained that union members have been working without a contract in the Los Angeles area as well as Chicago, San Francisco and Honolulu.

The statement said Hyatt workers have called for boycotts at 17 Hyatt properties, causing Hyatt to lose more than $20 million in business.

Unite Here said this week’s strikes involve 3,000 unionized hotel workers at six Hyatt properties in North America, including two hotels in Chicago.

The union claims to represent an estimated 250,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hospitality, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, laundry, and airport industries.

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Comments (15)
  1. iatola says:

    Good riddance, don’t let immigration catch you on your way out.

    1. Beverly Cater says:

      Are you affiliated with this hotel?

  2. Harry says:

    There should be a general strike of all workers. Sick and tired of the wealthy elite making us slaves to corporate powers. Good for those workers, hope they inspire others to fight greed.

    1. nkg0515 says:

      Let workers “strike”! That will mean more jobs for those needing work!

  3. Heather says:

    It’s about time, i used to work at the hyatt and they do treat you like slaves and i did get many rooms in a day all the time, they are cruel people!

    1. Beverly Cater says:

      Yep that is what I heard about this hotel!

  4. sick of f*****g illegals says:

    Let them strike and hire Americans.

  5. Barry Doucette says:

    Let em strike… many need work and this will create a new opportunity for some lucky people… and since these people quit their jobs… they can’t collect. No one enjoys working but the alternative is very limiting in relation to food and shelter. If they have the financial security to walk away from a job… all the power to them and I am sure the union will sustain them until decide to waltz back in or are unemployed….

  6. alan hart says:

    Replace them. They abandoned their job so they made a choice not to work for the company anymore. They won’t be missed!

    1. Beverly Cater says:

      Alan are you affiliated with this hotel?

  7. KitKat says:

    Shame on those of you who have no sympathy. I’d like to see you clean 30 rooms in 8 hours for minimum wage, and you better make them sparkle, just ONCE. Deal with the trash, bodily fluids, and all the other loveliness that comes with hotel cleaning, and do it for an employer who doesn’t treat you like you’re worth anything. See how you like it!

  8. John Schwendler says:

    Dumb move. The 15-20% who haven’t found anything in two years will love to have these jobs.

  9. John Schwendler says:

    Or, move their replacements in from welfare, or cut off their benefits.

  10. Jesse says:

    Unite Here is the same union that can’t renew its contract with Disney and a major supplier for the entertainment industry. It really has no negotiating power and I predict will be defunct as a union very soon. Unite Here needs to bring in the right people that can negotiate instead of depending on its workers illiteracy rate in reading English and/or Spanish.

  11. 보행자김 says:

    Wow, really people? Now I see EXACTLY how a majority of you feel about workers you feel “beneath you.” So those smiles you put on for those workers when you are at the hotels are just for show, right? I’m not even a hotel worker, nor am I even Hispanic (as most of you seem to think all of them are), but I take offense to just how racist and ignorant most of these comments are. As an undergrad, I worked for a Hyatt resort in a desk position, and I can tell you none of the housekeeping crew was illegal or on wellfare. They were workers, normal workers just trying to pay bills. Because of the economy lately, I’ve noticed a lot of companies, not just hotels, taking advantage of the fact that jobs are slim right now, so they are piling more and more work onto the employees they do have with an attitude of “Do the work of 3 employees or we’ll get someone else.” How woud you feel if your employer started to have this mindset? And a lot of you are saying “Good riddance, now others can have their jobs.” Wow, that’s really not going to solve anything, either. They will just overwork those employees as well and underpay them, too. Then the cycle continues again. What jobs do you guys have that you feel you’re at the top of the employee food chain and you will never have to deal with a situation like this? Even CEOs are losing their jobs right now.

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