Los Angeles-area Hyatt hotel workers have called for a boycott of their employer, and reported that about $500,000 in event business already has been or will be diverted from area Hyatt hotels. Workers called for boycotts of the Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and Hyatt Regency Long Beach.
"As a fine dining server, calling for a boycott of our hotel is not an easy decision, but Hyatt’s actions have left us no choice," said Max Ortiz, a Century Plaza restaurant server of nine years. "Hyatt’s cutbacks and layoffs have forced those of us working to do the job of two or three people, while many of my co-workers cannot make ends meet."
Already, several organizations have pledged to honor the boycott by moving annual events held at one of the boycotted properties. Some organizations have notified Hyatt of plans to cancel.
"For 30 years, Liberty Hill has stood with service workers who are on the frontlines fighting for good jobs and respectable wages," said Darrell Tucci, chief development officer of the Liberty Hill Foundation, which holds its annual awards dinner at the Hyatt Century Plaza. "We will continue to support men and women as they insist on fair pay for a hard day’s work. This is why we are leaving the Hyatt and putting our event at a venue that compensates its employees fairly."