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Hyatt Housekeepers Fight for Safe Jobs, Respect

Posted on March 7, 2012 | in Labor News | by

Housekeepers at Hyatt Hotels will shine a spotlight tomorrow on what they say are unsafe and demeaning working conditions when they rally outside several Hyatt properties, as part of International Women’s Day observances.

Antonia Cortez, a Hyatt housekeeper in San Francisco who has been cleaning rooms for Hyatt for 35 years, says Hyatt management keeps “adding weight to the beds and the job is getting harder and harder.”

I have chronic pain in my shoulders and elbows from performing the same difficult task over and over.This job has damaged my body, and I clean just 14 rooms a day. In some cities, Hyatt makes housekeepers clean 30 rooms in one day.

Along with safety issues, workers say they are often disrespected and humiliated in the workplace. Last October, Hyatt fired two sisters, with 30 years of combined experience, after one objected to the posting of demeaning pictures of housekeepers in bikinis on a company bulletin board. 

Click here for more information from the coalition Hyatt Hurts and here for details on tomorrow’s actions.

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